The research on trauma has identified the phenomenon of body memory. In short, our wise bodies hold all our life experiences. Whether or not we can cognitively recall an incident is irrelevant to body memory. Body memory tends to talk to us via feelings and through our senses. For instance, if you were in a car accident as a baby and cannot remember the incident, your body may remember the accident by an increased heart rate, sweating and a general sense of anxiety every time you get in the back seat of a car. While historically the counselling world has used talk therapy to address trauma, the research on body memory indicates that the body needs to be part of the recovery process. This explains why equine-assisted learning and psychotherapy is so effective. In equine-assisted learning one is doing, not just talking. The therapeutic experiences with the horses create new body memories. The goal is to create body memories that balance the trauma experiences. For instance, leading a thousand pound animal around is an experience of applying one’s personal power, whereas the trauma experience is characterized by powerlessness. Being in an arena with a thousand pound animal who is free to walk around is an experience of being with a powerful being who is safe. To read more about the developments in trauma research and therapy, check out: www.traumacenter.org/products/pdf_files/Networker.pdf.