- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
This is the second year Lutz has received the honor. As a psychotherapist, Lutz is a licensed clinical social worker.
"I teach social skills and mood regulation skills," Lutz explained.
"The horse gives clients feedback about their behavior in a non-judgmental way, offering clients the opportunity to practice
relationship skills while working with the horse.
It's great for those who don't like traditional therapy,
for those who don't want to sit in an office and just talk.
Instead, some people enjoy relating to the horses and being active during our therapeutic sessions. Our work is done both on the ground,
like grooming a horse in the barn, and in riding sessions as well."
Lutz stated that the horses are part of the treatment team; they help people to learn how to manage their behaviors in a more socially constructive way.
Lutz calls Small Fry the "star of the barn" and her "best buddy."
- "Hillcrest Farms, in Verona, has generously supported
the Sensory Garden at Rocking Horse Rehab," Lutz expressed.
"The owner, Pat, donated the plants we needed to start the garden
and has since provided the mulch
to keep the garden beautiful for our families to enjoy.
We are very grateful for his on-going support."
A chalk message inside the Rocking Horse Rehab barn reads:
- Hungry ~ Eat something
- Angry ~ Hit something
- Lonely ~ Speak Up
- Tired ~ Rest
- Sick ~ Medicate
Kathy Lutz, LCSW