Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

 

What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy?

EAP is a therapeutic approach that includes a licensed mental health professional as well as an equine specialist, client, and of course horses. In addition, each session is structured specifically to address each client’s unique therapy treatment goals.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy or what we often to refer to as EAP, does not involve any horseback riding. Anyone can participate in EAP; no prior horse or riding experience is necessary.

Why Horses?

In their natural environments, horses have evolved to be highly sensitive to their environment. Horses naturally analyze and react to our body language and other nonverbal cues providing us with valuable feedback and insights for other areas of our lives.

It’s hard to ignore a horse with their size and presence. We can’t just control a powerful horse. Approaching horses helps us reflect how we approach our relationships and how we can face other big or overwhelming things in our lives.

Horses are social animals with defined roles within a herd. They have distinct personalities, attitudes, and moods. They could be stubborn or they could be playful. In other words, horses are a lot like us (Eagala.org).

Who benefits from Equine Assisted Psychotherapy?

EAP can be beneficial to people experiencing a wide array of issues, as well as people of all ages. EAP is frequently used as an alternate treatment for those who have been unresponsive to traditional talk therapy, and can be utilized in individual, family, couple, and corporate sessions.

What types of problems can Equine Assisted Psychotherapy help me with?

EAP can help clients dealing with problems such as:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Relationship Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Substance Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • At-risk youth
  • Veteran’s Issues
  • Trauma

Feel free to reference Eagala.org for additional information!

If you are interested in learning more about EAP, contact me today to schedule an appointment!

 

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