Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses into the psychotherapy process to aid in emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed mental health professional and a certified equine specialist working as a team with participants and horses to address treatment goals. EAP is particularly effective because the non-clinical setting and mindfulness required for the activity helps to interrupt existing behavior patterns. Participants have the opportunity to immediately integrate and practice new ways of being during the sessions because of the “in the moment” demands that interactions with horses require.
Carefully chosen activities, designed to address previously identified mental health and human development issues, are presented to the participant or group to conduct. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions are largely non-directive and participants are encouraged to find their own solutions to the proposed exercises, by which they gain insight to their behaviors and emotions and learn to rely on themselves or their group members. EAP stimulates conscious and unconscious processes, creating new possibilities, strengths, perspectives, understanding and solutions.
The relaxed atmosphere of the horse ranch encourages people to open up and connect with themselves and others. Many feel more comfortable in this outdoor setting than in a clinical office. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy can be particularly useful in situations where the participants are unable or unwilling to verbally communicate or where “talk” therapy has stalled or has been slow to obtain results.
Crossroads Equine Assisted Learning provides the certified Equine Specialists, the horses, the activity equipment and the location for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (661) 303-7194, for information on partnering with us to provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for your clients or for a consultation.