Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is a fairly new therapeutic program being used all over the world and in many different forms. This highly effective therapeutic program has shown proven success in treating individuals and families who have been victims of abuse and crime, as well as those with behavioral issues, substance abuse, eating disorders, ADD/ADHD, Autism-Spectrum Disorders, depression, anxiety, family issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, and life-threatening illnesses/diseases such as cancer. EAP is being used for juvenile justice reform programs, suicide-prevention programs, anti-bullying programs, and school programs.

This type of therapy utilizes the collaborative efforts of a licensed therapist and an equine professional to work with clients and horses to address treatment goals. Sessions provide problem-solving activities involving horses that are aimed to improve the emotional, behavioral and mental lives of adults, children and families. Studies have shown clinically significant improvement in the progress of clients using EAP, who had previously failed to show progress using conventional therapies.

Horses provide clients experiential learning versus traditional “chair therapy”. EAP does not focus on riding but on ground activities that require the client to utilize certain life-skills such as problem-solving, non-verbal communication, leadership, assertiveness, teamwork, attitude, etc.

Working with horses creates an opportunity to overcome fears and to gain confidence, patience, trust, empowerment, self-awareness, self-esteem, and compassion. The various roads leading to accomplished tasks while working with horses provide wonderfully rich metaphors to life’s various challenging situations.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions may include individuals, families, and/or groups. Our services provide therapy to a wide range of mental health problems including: depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, anxiety and social interaction disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and others.