In dreams, mythical stories, and lore, one universal symbol for the human body and its instinctual nature is the horse.
What is equine-assisted psychotherapy?
The horse is a member of the therapy team.
Equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is a form of experiential therapy that partners with horses as part of the therapy team enabling clients to practice and form healthy, connEQcted relationships with self and others as a vehicle for change. EAP is a great alternative to traditional talk therapy or can be used in collaboration with talk therapy and psychiatry care.
Why partner with horses?
ConnEQcted relationships with horses.
Horses are social creatures who value connEQction and relationships as humans do. Horses provide safe, healthy, and nonjudgmental relationships to clients as they process their mental, emotional, and behavioral concerns through discovery of relationship and behavioral patterns that no longer serve the client.
We believe connEQected relationships lead to incredible change. We utilize the evidence-based, trauma-informed principles of Natural Lifemanship™ in an experiential therapeutic setting. We are passionate about providing a trusting, emotionally safe, collaborative, educational, and therapeutic experience for our clients while they learn grace, continue to grow, and gallop toward their future.
Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
EAP utilizes a collaborative, therapeutic team approach to provide experiential psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, parents, and families. The therapy team consists of a licensed mental health professional, an equine professional, and the client’s chosen equine partner. Clients receive therapy while forming a connEQcted relationship with a horse to work on emotional, mental, and behavioral concerns.
EAL utilizes the same therapeutic model as EAP. However, the focus for EAL is experiential education about relationship, communication, behavioral, and leadership patterns through learning how to form a connEQcted relationship with a horse. EAL is great for personal and professional development in learning how to gain self-confidence, building healthy communication, and leadership skills, and learning how to relate to others in a collaborative and communicative way.