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Acronym for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD can affect not just war veterans but also other people including teenagers and kids that have gone through some traumatic event in their lives. These events imprint on their minds leaving behind a lasting impression that can affect their present and future. People with PTSD have trouble with their day-to-day living long after the event has passed. At USA Re-Boot Resort, we work on repairing their damaged psyches and helping people come to terms with their pain in a supportive, friendly, understanding environment. Our Clients Say that the Program Has Helped Change Their Lives Clients who have spent time at our resort often talk about how the program changed their lives. We are proud to reveal that at the end of the one-week program, on an average, our guests report a 70% improvement in their emotional well-being. Of all the guests that have spent time with us, no one has ever had a less than 40% recovery. Our Community Resilience Model helps both clients and supporters create the perfect ambience for wellness. Awbry Rebel – War Veteran In the words of Awbry Rebel, a war veteran who served in Germany, post-Vietnam between 1976 and 1979, he admits to “having a rough day” when he arrived at the resort. Even so, he was determined to keep an open mind having admitted that he needed help. Awbry focused more on his surroundings and the natural beauty of the resort. He was pleasantly surprised at the many different kinds of therapy available, especially the equestrian sessions. Awbry talks about how he learned to be around horses when growing up but was delighted at the new approach the handlers had. With equestrian therapy, he learned to assert and calm himself. The healthy meals and relaxation he received at the resort helped him turn his life around. Changing Lives at the USA Re-Boot Resort Guests at the USA Re-Boot Resort talk about how the different forms of therapy including the Brainwave Optimization sessions, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and horse therapy helped them recover both physically and psychologically. One guest talks about improved digestion while another reveals how he entered a “state of deep relaxation” and now feels “empowered” with a sense of control over situations that he earlier found, “confusing or overwhelming or distressing.” In all, getting therapy at the resort can be life-changing experience and we are proud to make it happen. Therapy at the USA Re-Boot Resort Helps Supporters While therapy at the USA Re-Boot Resort helps those affected by PTSD, giving therapy and helping guests proves to be a moving experience for the supporters too. Executive Director Johnny Urrutia has worked with guests with PTSD on a personal level spending one-on-one time with them. Having combined equine therapy with other kinds of treatments that have proved to be highly successful, he says that this work is “the most wonderful, powerful thing I’ve ever seen.” At the USA Re-Boot Resort, guests can choose therapy for different disorders such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and abuse. We offer special programs for war veterans free of cost. They are welcome to stay with us and participate in the healthy, nutritious meals provided. The holistic therapy we provide helps our guests rejuvenate physically and psychologically. And, their testimonials prove the positives of the program in their lives. ...

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The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has estimated that close to a quarter of troops returning home from military duty are afflicted by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD as it is also called. The organization has been providing grants to therapists and practitioners who can help our veterans and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) has shown promising results. Studies have shown that having completed therapy, 100% of both men and women soldiers have talked about reduced stress levels. Understanding Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) Equine Assisted Psychotherapy has been found effective in helping patients with symptoms of PTSD such as anxiety, depression, rage, nightmares, disturbed sleep and insomnia, and issues with forming and maintaining healthy relationships with family and friends. Left untreated, the condition can turn into a disability and interfere with normal living. Equine therapy is a form of healing where patients are encouraged to interact with horses and spend time with them under the supervision of an expert therapist and horse trainer. Guests participating in the program learn to groom, walk, saddle, and ride them if they want to and in the process learn to overcome their stress and anxiety. Why Equine Therapy Works Horses are gentle, noble animals that tend to pick up on the nervousness and negative feelings of the people around them and react in similar ways. When interacting with them, patients learn to face their fears and calm them so they can also calm their charges. This facet of the therapy is especially important because many veterans tend to push away their feelings and will not admit that they are scared or troubled in any way. The ability to gain the trust and friendship of a being that is much bigger and powerful than the guests develops confidence. That very special connection that they form with the horse assigned to them is the key to unlocking the PTSD and allowing their souls to heal. Experts have found that the results of a single session of equine therapy are equivalent to the outcomes provided by 5 sessions of conventional therapy and counseling. How Horses Help PTSD Patients Equine therapy includes different types of sessions. In some forms of therapy, the horses are left free in the pasture. Guests are encouraged to go up to them, make friends, and learn to interact on their own. During other sessions, they may be given a halter and asked to place it on the horse. Or, they may be given a brush and asked to groom it. Learning and becoming successful in these simple activities raises lost self-esteem. Yet another facet of equine therapy is communicating with the horse using non-verbal cues. By understanding body language, patients can build better and closer personal relationships. They learn to put aside their insecurities and build closer bonds. Equine Therapy Helps Patients with Other Disorders Equine therapy is no doubt highly effective in helping veterans recover from PTSD. However, it has proven to be successful in helping other people deal with various conditions like addictions, autism, development issues, and behavioral disorders. Children, teens, and adults that are battling issues like marital infidelity, neglect, abandonment, and physical, emotional, and sexual abuse all respond exceedingly well to the treatments. They are able to heal psychological wounds and develop an understanding of their own feelings. Yes, Equine Therapy Helps! Interacting with horses gives veterans and people affected with PTSD a sense of motivation and control over their lives. They feel encouraged to let go of the trauma, memories, and pain of the past and rebuild their lives anew. Just a few sessions of equine therapy fills them with new hope and optimism for the future. To learn more about this highly effective holistic therapy, contact us at the USA Re-Boot Resort. We will be happy to answer all your queries.   ...

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At the USA Re-Boot Resort, we understand how a single incident or tour of duty as in the case of veterans can affect your psyche deeply and cause PTSD. For this reason, we have designed a holistic program that can help your mind and soul heal from the effects of the trauma. In addition to a warm, supportive, natural environment, you can look forward to wholesome nutritious meals that act as a balm for your body and psyche. Take a look at the details of the programs we include in our one-week therapeutic session. Brainwave Optimization (BWO) Brainwave Optimization® is a technique that helps you attain a sense of complete peace and relaxation. You will be seated in a private room in a comfortable chair. A trained technician sets sensors on precise spots on your scalp. These sensors take readings of your brain activity and relay them to a computer program. The program converts the readings into a series of musical notes that are played back to you by way of headphones. By listening to the music, your brain makes adjustments, erases the pain, and achieves a state of deep serenity. Community Resiliency Model (CRM) Nothing is more therapeutic than understanding the pain and suffering of other human beings that have been in similar situations. At our USA resort, we have a community of people where every member needs to heal. In the company of like-minded individuals, you’ll relearn the basic tasks of caring for you and bring stability into your nervous system. You’ll also develop an understanding of how trauma affects your body and influences your actions and feelings. As you develop the strength and resilience to face the past, you’ll learn how to pass that resilience to the other people around you. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) Horses are beautiful, sensitive creatures that understand your thoughts and feelings without the need for expressing them in words. During our equine therapy sessions, you’ll spend time caring for these magnificent beings and learn how to feed, groom, lead, and halter them. Under the supervision of an expert therapist and the professional handler, you’ll build bonds with them. Your therapist will watch and identify your behavior patterns and show you how to modify them. Learn the art of solving problems, taking responsibility for your actions, self-control, and self-assurance as you heal emotional wounds. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Originally developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a very innovative form of healing. The treatment involves sessions of 90 minutes at a time. The therapist uses a series of hand movements in front of the patient and asks her to recall the unpleasant memory and the accompanying emotions and pain. Gradually, the therapist helps transform the memories into more pleasant thoughts. By focusing on the hand movements, patients are able to let go of the fear and anxiety and replace them with happier thoughts. Combination Integrated Breathing and Movement (IBAM) The Combination Integrated Breathing and Movement (IBAM) part of therapy includes training in therapeutic techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, yoga, tai chi, and qigong. Having learned these methods, patients can continue to practice them in the comfort of their own homes. At the USA Re-Boot Resort, our guests learn how to lay the bad memories to rest and emerge healed from the sessions. Do keep in mind that our camp is a non-profit organization and all our efforts are directed towards the well-being of people who have been traumatized by some occurrence in their past. With the help of our healing modalities, anyone can rejuvenate and repair their lives. We welcome kids, teens, adults, veterans and any other person who simply needs a warm friendly touch to change his or her life. ...

Giving Veteran Their Lives

At the USA Re-Boot Resort, we understand the terrible toll a tour of duty can take from our veterans. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD as it is more commonly called is a syndrome that can take away from normal living. Veterans find that they battle the ghosts of the terrible incidents of war long after they return home. The symptoms of PTSD may not surface right away but sometimes start to appear years after the actual events occurred. Veterans Go Through Real Pain and Psychological Trauma The veterans we work with often talk about reliving wartime incidents over and over again. They have panic attacks, flashbacks, nightmares, and often wake at night with heart palpitations and panic attacks. Veterans are also known to dissociate from any people, situations, or objects that remind them of their experiences. Some of them become loners and are unable to build normal, healthy relationships with family members. Yet another defense tactic they may adopt is to lock away their feelings and transform into stone-cold personalities to avoid admitting they are suffering and have a problem. Being always vigilant, unable to relax and sleep, angry, and constantly in the battle mode are other symptoms of PTSD. Counseling and Therapy Can Help Them Lead Normal Lives At the USA Re-Boot Resort, we have put together a program of 6 different kinds of therapy that can bring peace and tranquility to the troubled psyches of our veterans. After their loyal service to the country, it is up to us to rehabilitate them so they can get back their lives and continue living as before. We organize these week-long sessions where we help veterans and other regular citizens come to terms with their troubles. These sessions are free of cost and in addition to a team of expert therapists; we have horses that help us provide equine therapy. By spending time with these noble animals, patients with PTSD can heal and repair their souls. We Would Love to Continue with Our Camps The programs that we have at the USA Re-Boot need your help. So far, we have held camps at several locations across the country and it is our objective to be able to host at least 10 to 15 week-long camps each year. Our efforts are very successful and the people who have participated have talked about feeling 70% of their symptoms easing. By continuing with the therapy they learn at the camp in their homes, they are able to sustain the healing and feel happiness and good health returning. We are a non-profit organization and we are able to operate thanks to the generous contributions of sympathetic people like you. Cash or Kind – We Also Welcome Warm Wishes Every little contribution you can make will go a long way in helping. Small denominations of $25, one-time or recurring each month are welcome as are sponsorships for one or multiple veterans to participate in a week-long camp. All donations will receive a receipt that you can use for taxation purposes. We would also be glad to have any other supplies you can provide. They can be in the form of equipment for the camp, feed for our horses, or any other spare stuff you have lying around. For an idea of how we use the funds we receive, feel free to check out the FAQ page on our website. From our experiences we have learned that physical wounds are easy to heal. But, as our experts tell us, it is the unseen, psychological wounds that trouble our veterans more than anything. We have created this program to help them heal and we welcome you to be a part of our efforts. It’s time to help our heroes in return for their service to the country. Isn’t it? www.usarebootresort.org ...

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It began as a sharp pain behind his left eye that would snake its way into his entire head. It was worse than any migraine, Spear said, and could only be described as if someone was drilling into his brain with an auger bit. Nothing could stop it. Not the most potent drugs. Not banging his head on the floor. It was a pain he dealt with every day for 30 years. Then he enrolled in Idaho Horse Therapy’s Re-Boot Camp. And the pain went away. In May, Spear met Selene Kepila, a certified provider of brainwave optimization, at the camp meant to help rehabilitate veterans. Spear said he hasn’t had a cluster headache since using the therapy. On Friday, Spear and six other veterans who went through the program in May met up at Black Butte Ranch north of Shoshone. They were taking part in a Re-Boot reunion. Spear, 55, was 23 when he was a member of the 82nd Airborne Special Forces team. He was demonstrating how to throw a grenade for National Guard soldiers at Fort Benning, Ga., when it went off prematurely 5-feet away from him. He is legally blind in his left eye because of flash burn. “I’m here to re-boot, literally,” he said. Re-Boot Camp is a program designed for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and includes treatments such integrated breathing and movement, brainwave optimization and equine assisted activities. All of which would be used during the reunion. The get-together Friday was like a tune up for the group, a chance to check in with them and see how they were progressing. Spear drove from Emmett for the weekend program. “Selene, I want to thank you,” Spear said. “You said you would do it.” “No, your brain did it,” Kepila replied. “I tell everyone about it,” Spear said. In addition to the seven returning veterans, two new veterans and two non-military participants took part in the three-day reunion. It is the second time Re-Boot Camp has held a reunion. The Re-Boot Camp and its reunion is free to its participants. In March, Idaho Horse Therapy opened its first business venture — the Idaho Veterans Thrift Store in Shoshone. The store helps provide its free veterans programs. Idaho Horse Therapy was founded by Johnny Urrutia and his wife, Karla Davis. Their nonprofit initially started with equine therapy for troubled youth, but expanded into helping veterans. What makes their program different from others, Urrutia said, is that it goes beyond talk and recreational therapy. It also is an alternative to prescription medication. “We are getting better,” Urrutia said of veteran’s programs. “We are getting more holistic.” Urrutia said their programs teach veterans skills to help them when they are not in therapy. A recent donation to the program will allow all the participants of the three-day reunion to take home their own brain optimization portal home. Each one costs about $1,300. Brain optimization works by putting sensors on the scalp to read the brain’s rhythms. The software translates this activity into celestial, acoustic and orchestra sounds. It’s an acoustic mirroring of the brain that helps the brain self heal, Kepila said. During sessions patients can feel a deep sense of relaxation. The healing process can then occur from the inside out, she explained. She watches her client’s brain activity on her computer screen. She spends a maximum of 90 minutes on each client. She has used the therapy to help people as young as 3-months-old up to 80-years-old. “When we have a cut, we don’t know how to fix it,” Kepila said. “But the body does.” Brian Ames, 35, of Nampa, used to hike up into the mountains and sit by a creek. The sound of water relieved his stress. He was in the Navy for two years, and he used to have one or two anxiety attacks a week. He’s only had two since the camp in May. Ames said he was skeptical the first time he tried it. His first session took place inside a barn on an air mattress. His session Friday was on a bed inside a home north of Shoshone at Black Butte Ranch. He said the therapy helps him fall into a meditative state. “I don’t even need to know what their symptoms are,” Kepila said. “When the brain is relaxing, it heals on its own terms.” Kepila said many people tell her “that won’t help me,” but thank her in the end. View Article Here ...

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  USA Re-Boot Resort is a FREE program for veterans of war and is designed to changes lives! We use an adventure-based event that provides new tools to help combat stress, PTSD and other invisible wounds of war. The experiences gained at our programs are not only improving mental health and emotional health, but also helping to recharge and rediscover yourself. AT USA RE-BOOT YOU: Learn to recognize and overcome fears Increase resiliency skills Improve confidence Rebuild self-esteem Enrich relationships Develop practical goals Come experience  what will SAVE Your Life! ...

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DUBACH, La. (KNOE 8 News) – A week-long release for these service men and women, who were climbing, swinging and petting to ease the symptoms of PTSD.   “I can’t think of anything else that I can do that is so gratifying,” Johnny Urrutia said. “I’m more than just honored to know that we can make a difference in the world, starting with these guys and gals.” Urrutia started this program, called “Reboot”, in New Hampshire. After a conversation with the Outdoor Wilderness and Learning Center, he brought the program to Dubach. As a veteran himself, he says it’s an opportunity to help his brothers in arms. “I realized that I can help soldiers,” Urrutia said. “And I started helping some on my own directly. And I realized how much I can change them and help them.” Help people like Michael Powell – a navy veteran who served in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. After coming home to Columbus, Ohio, he left again, for Northeast Louisiana. “I was really skeptical about coming down here,” navy veteran Michael Powell said. “I don’t know anybody around here. But, I pulled my big boy pants on and came down here, and it was a great experience.” And, these vets aren’t just climbing physical hurdles. Brainwave therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy helps the mind just as much as the body. “These young kids and these young troops put their life on the line for us,” Dr. Arnold Popky said. “And they deserve to have the best when they come home.” And at least for this week, they do. Original Article ...

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USA Re-Boot Resort is proud to present a FREE Health and Wellness Retreat in Louisiana this April 22-29, 2017. This FREE retreat was established to help veterans improve there life. During the retreat you will build trust, improve communication, address conflicts and challenge yourself in a series of holistic program models. If you are someone you know is a veteran suffering PTSD, substance abuse, traumas and others challenges please share this post with them. USA Re-Boot Resort is dedicated to healing our veterans and there families.   To learn more about this retreat or make reservations please contact Angela at 337-852-4747 or Ebony at 504-330-7285. We look forward to seeing you there! Click below to learn more.   ...

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FAIRFIELD, IDAHO — Idaho Horse Therapy, Inc. hosted their first Re-Boot Camp® event the week of 28 September – 4 October and saw overwhelming success with a group of 8 veterans. By the final day, no participants reported less than 40% improvement in their psychological well-being, and some reported as much as 70% improvement (taking one to self-described full-recovery). One participant said of the experience, “In one week, I have gotten more relief than 20 years of therapy of the traditional style.” Founder and Executive Director of Idaho Horse Therapy Johnny Urrutia attributes the success to the unique four-modality approach, which incorporated Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Community Resiliency Model (CRM) and Tai Chi. Urrutia elaborates, “The EMDR gives them a way to unlearn reactions to their experiences and memories that aren’t useful to them, and relearn new ways for their brain to process them. EAP helps them to process those changes, and gives them a chance to learn metaphorically about what they may be doing that isn’t working in their human relationships. CRM is the educational piece: it helps them to understand what has been going on in their brains and bodies, and gives them a skillset that they can take with them to help anchor them when they return to the ‘regular world’ outside of the calm environment we’ve tried to provide them while they’re with us at Camp. Tai Chi is an integral part of that environment. It gives them a chance to look inside themselves for peace and self-love.” Though Idaho Horse Therapy is based in Shoshone, Idaho, Re-Boot Camp® was held at the Intermountain Christian Camp in Fairfield. Urrutia explained, “We are not religiously affiliated in any way, but it was a beautiful facility in a gorgeous setting. They took great care of us and we look forward to working with them again for the next Re-Boot Camp.” Urrutia hopes to have funding in place for another camp by Spring 2015. This first “pilot program” was funded entirely by Glanbia Foods, Inc., who contributed $40,000.00 to the nonprofit at their annual Charity Challenge in August. Idaho Horse Therapy Co-Director Karla Davis said, “We can’t overstate the role that Glanbia played in putting this together. We’ve had the dream in place for a long time, but to get the caliber of professionals that we knew we needed and to give these servicemen the experience we believe they deserve, we needed something to put the legs under us. Glanbia’s donation did that.” Davis went on, “If I hadn’t been there to be a part of this experience, I’m not sure I would have believed the difference we can make with this program. The statistics are staggering, and we’ve all heard them: veterans commit suicide at a rate of nearly one every hour. As many as 30% return from current military engagements with PTSD. It’s a tremendous feeling, not just believing but now knowing that we can do something about it.” Each participant was enthusiastic that they would recommend it to other veterans, one saying, “I feel every vet that I know should experience Re-Boot Camp.” The events rely entirely on private funding, and Urrutia hopes to host as many as 15 per year in years to come. “We planned on a dozen guys for the first one, and a few fell through. But if we had 12-15 each time from here on, and did 15 per year, we could be restoring over 200 lives every year. What could possibly be worth more than that?” Those interested in contributing to or participating in a Re-Boot Camp® should visit www.idahoREBOOTcamp.com. Video interviews and testimonials from staff and participants, and a full up-close look at Re-Boot Camp® will be available there by the end of October. ...

Kicking Off Our Re-Boots

While Johnny and I were putting Re-Boot Camp® together, we got A LOT of positive feedback (and help!) from friends and family. It occurs to me that all of you caring, wonderful people are probably interested in how things are going so far. First and foremost: some tremendous “Thank-you!”s are in order: Glanbia Foods, Inc. provided all of the funds that have made this first Re-Boot Camp® possible with the $40,000.00 contribution they made this year: this has paid to bring in the very best professionals in the modalities we are using (seriously…these mental health professionals are AMAZING), the facility, the food—everything. The folks at Rob Greene Twin Falls very happily volunteered a van to transport the veterans who came over from the Boise area. And last (for now) but certainly not least, the people at Intermountain Christian Camp—the facility we are using—have been completely wonderful. They have been accommodating and flexible and the food has been just fabulous. We are three quarters through our second full day and what an experience it has already been! We have eight men participating in treatment this week and each one of them has now had at least two sessions of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP); at least 3 hours of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), 2 hours of training in the Community Resiliency Model (CRM), 3 hours of Tai Chi/Qi Gong (pronounced “Chee- Gong”—so we’ve affectionately termed the combo specially designed for us by Sifu Donald Perry, “Tai Chi Gong”), half a dozen wonderful meals, a lot of great conversations, and countless cups of coffee. While the first evening and most of yesterday we had rain and overcast skies, we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day in the foothills than we’ve had today. The morning started with a vibrant double rainbow during our morning Tai Chi Gong, and now the sun is shining and several of the guys are out collecting firewood for tonight’s campfire. We’re all enjoying a little “down time” before dinner, having completed all of our sessions for the day. I wanted to share an awesome story from horse therapy today: Johnny and I asked the guys to move a horse from one end of the arena to the other…tail-first. For those of you who don’t know very much about horses, understand that though horses can see almost a full 360 degrees around their heads, they cannot see immediately behind or in front of themselves. So getting a prey animal to back up at the insistence of a super predator like a human requires no small degree of patience and leadership. After the guys had spent a little time trying their own solutions to the task (with varying levels of success), we ran through some leadership skills with them to improve their “luck.” One that we always stress is the importance of being assertive, without being aggressive. I’ve taught these contrasting traits at least 3 dozen times at this point in my career with Idaho Horse Therapy, and I’ve never had a client understand it as well as one of our veterans who said, “the difference between being assertive with someone, and being aggressive with them is that being assertive is saying ‘it’s about me,’ being aggressive is saying ‘it’s about YOU.’” Meanwhile, one man who has suffered from pain he had accepted as chronic since returning from his last tour felt such relief after an EMDR session this afternoon that this evening he went for a 4-mile hike. And the guys who collected firewood? He was among them. Truthfully, as much time and energy as I personally have put into helping Johnny put this thing together, I’m not sure I even completely believed what I would see here. But I trusted Johnny and I knew we had the best people in the various fields on-board, and I knew we had to do something. Just in Idaho, there are hundreds and thousands of service men and women going without real help. And now I am astounded to see the way these modalities are working together to really Re-Boot these 8 men’s lives. This is it, this is real. We can really provide this change for them. It’s an honor to be a part of something so truly transformative and I am completely inspired to turn this project into a self-sustained program, so that we can help more veterans more often. I’m off for now—the grub’s smelling too good to hold off another minute, but we’ll check in again soon. If you want to know more about our program, want to contribute so that we can hold more of these, or know someone who might be in need of Re-Boot Camp, please contact us: karla@idahohorsetherapy.com. ...