Equine-Facilitated/Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy Flying High Farm

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Contact Information

Flying High Farm
Contact: Christine Randle, Founder
Email Address: crandle@flyinghighfarm.com
Phone: 978-582-7103

611 Leominster Road Lunenburg, MA 01462
Area Served: Central

Map Location Equine-Facilitated/Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy


Flying High Farm is a private mental health practice dedicated to children and adolescents. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Play Therapy are the backbone of our program. Our animals supplement, enhance and assist in these interventions, hence "animal-assisted psychotherapy."

Unlike many therapeutic riding programs, Flying High Farm specializes in mental health issues, rather than physical challenges. Our mission is to optimize the behavioral, emotional and social growth of youth. We incorporate the ponies to help establish rapport with clients, to improve compliance with treatment, to maximize the child's involvement and motivation for treatment. Although children do ride the ponies, the goal is not to teach children to ride. Flying High Farm does not conduct riding lessons or hippotherapy.

What is Puzzle Ponies? - Of the children in treatment at Flying High Farm, more than 40% of these children are diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. This prompted the genesis of Puzzle Ponies, a psychotherapy practice for youth that incorporates ponies to best meet the various needs of this diverse group of children. Professionals in the EFP field believe that horses can teach young children the concept of unconditional love, improve their problem solving skills, social skills, language abilities, and also serve as a metaphor to children for people, places and challenges in their life.  Developing and practicing these life skills challenges can be especially difficult for children with autism.

Service Types

  • Domestic Violence Counseling
  • Mental Health

Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna Health
  • Aetna Health Insurance Company
  • Aetna Life Insurance Company
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MA
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MA HMO Blue
  • CIGNA Healthcare of Massachusetts
  • Fallon Community Health Plan
  • Fallon Health and Life Assurance Company
  • Neighborhood Health Plan
  • Tufts Associated Health Maintenance Organization
  • Tufts Insurance Company

Program Type

  • Counseling
  • Mental Health

Populations Served

  • Autism Spectrum
  • Depression
  • Mental Illness

Ages Served

  • 5 - 8
  • 9 - 13
  • 14 - 18
  • 19 - 22

Additional Information

  • Fees: MassHealth, Private Insurance, Personal Funds