Equine Assisted Psychotherapy?
Equine-Assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is an experiential approach providing the client with the opportunity for inner search and healing, self-discovery and meaningful connections. EAP utilizes the relationship between the client and the horse as a tool to mirror the client's experiences and facilitate change. The Horse is a powerful intuitive creature that mirrors the client’s emotions. The horse connects and is the channel into our inner self.
The goal of EAP is to attend to the client’s mental health challenges, exploring past traumas and patterns that the client has developed that may have caused disruption in their relationships, trust and communication issues as well as emotional challenges. EAP assists clients developing new coping techniques for trauma triggers, depression, anxiety, and self-esteem issues that can lead to forming new and more positive connections with others.
EAP (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy) and EAL (Equine Assisted Learning) are two powerful approaches that complement each other by sharing the same goal and focus: the well-being of our clients and horses.
We use the Eagala Model which is a team approach that includes a licensed, credentialed Mental Health Professional, a qualified Equine Specialist, and horses working together with the client at all times. These sessions are on the ground only.
We are currently working with recovery groups, veterans groups, and private individuals.