Can Praxis is a national mental health provider and registered Canadian charity. We offer intensive treatment programs for Canadian Veterans and First Responders (serving and retired) living with an Operational Stress Injury (OSI), such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We include the injured person’s spouse/partner/family member in our programs because OSIs have a profound impact on the family as a whole.
Our team of facilitators and clinicians teach lasting skills and strategies through experiential learning and dialogue, using a combination of psycho-education, counselling, peer-support, and Equine-Assisted Therapy.
Founded in 2013 by a Canadian Military Veteran and a Trauma-focused clinician, Can Praxis is the leading Equine-Assisted Therapy provider for the Veteran and First Responder community.
We chose to incorporate horses into our programs because they understand us and can teach us about ourselves. They are experts at reading body language and pick up on and all the non-verbal cues we bring to every interaction. Horses understand chain-of-command and are hyper-aware, always looking for an exit. As “flight” animals, they react to the body language of humans in their proximity. Our facilitators offer a translation of the horses’ behaviour when interacting with participants individually, as a means to increase the level of self-awareness.
We take care of all the logistics and cover the costs for participants (flights, hotels, transportation, childcare) to remove cumbersome barriers that can prevent people from getting the help they need. We restore hope and save lives through our programs, made possible by the generous support of our donors.