DreamCatchers Peer Support:
Your Partner in Healing
DreamCatchers pairs Peer Support and equine wisdom to help those experiencing emotional challenges find a sense of peace. We are able to partner with therapists to ensure that needs are appropriately met.
Jodi Freeman is a Certified Peer Support Specialist in the State of Nebraska, with a focus on supporting those facing anxiety, depression, trauma related emotional concerns, and grief. Combining her loves of horses and supporting others, Jodi offers Peer Support services harnessing the incredible emotional strength of horses.
What is Peer Support?
Peer Support is an approach to recovery and emotional support in which Peer Support Specialists use their own experiences to help others learn and grow in a recovery focused, strengths-based way.
Peer Support Specialists are people with lived experience of mental health and substance abuse concerns who have specialized training and are certified by the State to be a partner in the recovery journey.
Who can join?
Anyone age 13 and older who is seeking a different way to learn to manage their emotional healing and grow through the power of one-to-one support.
How do Horses Help?
A June 2018 study cited in the journal “Medical News Today” proves that horses respond to human emotion by integrating the tone of voice they hear with the facial expressions they see.
More importantly, however, is that horses help provide a sense of calm. In a 2012 article in “The Guardian”, therapist Gabriel Gardner notes "It has been clinically documented that just being around horses changes human brainwave patterns. We calm down and become more centered and focused when we are with horses," he says. "Horses are naturally empathetic. The members of the herd feel what is going on for the other members of the herd."