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"Tell me
and I will forget."

"Show me
And I may remember."

"Involve me
And I will understand."

Chinese proverb

Benefits
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is an emerging field in which horses are used as a tool for emotional growth and learning. EAP is a collaborative effort between a mental health therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals.

EAP is experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns.

What Kind of Issues Does EAP Help?

  • Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Disorganization (RAD)
  • Behavioral and Cognitive Challenges
  • Childhood Physical and Sexual Abuse
  • Communication and Relationship Issues
  • Complex Trauma
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Parent / Child Conflict
  • PTSD
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • And other mental health disorders

Other Benefits
Education and practical application of critical skill sets, including:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Communication
  • Anger Management
  • Problem Solving

Non-traditional environment creates possibility for new interaction: "It doesn’t feel like counseling"

Goals

  • Decrease of Intrapersonal Distress
  • Decrease of Somatic Distress
  • Cooperative Interpersonal Demeanor
  • Absence of Critical Items
  • Decrease in Social Problematic Behaviors
  • Decrease in Behavior Dysfunction

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Facts

  • Clients find EAP more interesting than talk therapy
  • EAP keeps clients on task and engaged
  • Clients are more willing to attend sessions and interact in the process
  • The horses provide immediate feedback on which behaviors work and which don't
  • The sessions create metaphors that illuminate situations encountered in life and help make changes in attitude as well as behavior
  • The horses provide emotional support and bonds that are helpful in the therapy process
  • The sessions help both clients and therapists get to the root of the problems much more quickly
  • The sessions provide clients the ability to express and communicate in ways that traditional therapies do not

Services Available

  • Individual Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Couples Counseling
  • Group Counseling

 

 

 

 


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