Nancy Wiley, LICSW Trauma Specialist
Nancy has studied trauma for over 20 years. As a trauma specialist, she has worked with families of trauma, teaching students about trauma theories as a tenured professor, and as an advocate for victims of abuse while working with policy makers at state and federal levels.
Hi, my name is Nancy Wiley and I look forward to bringing my philosophy of trauma work to Smithfield in collaboration with Jan and her stable of school horses.
During the years I have trained in various modalities, but always coming back to the importance of partnering with the client on alleviating guilt, shame, and blame. There are many ways to do this, my chosen way is to guide the client through their trauma journey by looking at who they were born to be and what got in the way. Then understanding how to move beyond the "why" and to move through the stages of loss, which leads to letting go of guilt and shame.
How does this fit with a barn, animals, and kite flying......
Research clearly shows animal assisted therapy works with victims of trauma. I want to create a space where the horse is the therapist and I am the guide to help the client capture trust, empathy, and reciprocity while working ground exercises with the horses, as the client is able. I will also see the client for individual trauma sessions and groups. We will utilize competition kites as a way to allow trauma victims to release control and just allow the wind to guide to process. We will also work with low level adventure courses, as the client is able.
I accept all insurances except Tufts Public Health. If you do not have insurance, I have case-managers to help you with all basic needs - food, clothing, shelter, and insurance.
Please see my Psychology Today site for all questions regarding what I offer, paying for sessions, and my philosophies - click here.
Nancy has established an Equine Assisted Trauma Program at Smithfield Equestrian Center in East Falmouth. Nancy works with all ages, families, and veterans, and active service members and their family. The work will involve groundwork with horses, kiting with quad kites, and low level adventure courses.
There are ongoing trauma sessions and groups for children, military and veteran families, and a Community Service group for kids and adults in need of community service hours.
We look forward to seeing you on the farm!
Are you or your children interested in learning how to ride? We are offering riding lessons free to your family. Riding horses has many therapeutic attributes, however, the most important is that it's FUN!
Our Riding Program begins Saturday February 1st at 10:30. We will ride together as a group for the first couple weeks to assess abilities. Then we will work in groups based on the riders ability.
Our arena is fully enclosed, but not heated. Please dress warmly, such as: dress in layers, wear headbands for ear warmth, leather soled shoes with small heel such as boots, bring gloves not mittens - Comfortable and warm.
During the groups, you will not only learn to ride, but learn to better trust those around you, your environment, and yourself. You will also learn ways to interact socially through your horse experience. Horses understand compassion and are able to show empathy, this will encourage self growth and worth.
Once you learn the basics of riding, you can eventually ride in the local shows and explore the farms 22 acres of trails.
We look forward to riding with you!
If interested come on over on a Saturday and get started. Please arrive at 10:15 to check in.
We offer a weekly Summer Camp which includes riding, Adventure Courses, arts & crafts, games, and lots of fun!
Keep checking back for more information and start times. We do offer scholarships.