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Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning

Horse therapy is a powerful and effective approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, and families.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is an experiential process (experiencing change by doing), meaning you learn about yourself by taking part in equine based activities. It is a collaborative effort with a treatment team of three — a licensed therapist, an equine specialist, and a horse.

Each session may include basic horse activities such as grooming, feeding, and ground training as well as more strategic equine experiential activities that help focus on the determined treatment goals of each individual client.

Our horse therapy program addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including:

Learning Difficulties

ADD & ADHD

Behavioral Disorders

Bullying & Boundary Issues

Absent/Divorced Partners

Depression

Abuse & Neglect

Impulsiveness

Poor Coping Skills

Post Traumatic Stress

Asperger Syndrome

Grief & Loss Issues

Drug & Alcohol Use

Poor Decision-Making

Issues with Authority

Stress Management

Anxiety Disorders

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Why Horse Therapy Is So Successful

Our horse therapy program enables you to learn about yourself and others by participating in activities with the horses and then discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns.

Horses offer several advantages. Obviously, their size offers a perfect opportunity to overcome fear and develop confidence and trust. Just like us, horses experience a variety of emotions and are intuitive and social animals with distinct personalities, attitudes, and moods. They have defined roles within their herds comparable to human dynamics. Most importantly, horses mirror exactly what human body language is telling them. If you're impatient, the horse becomes impatient. It is this connection that provides us with metaphors and lessons about ourselves and leads us to change. Horses can teach us self-awareness, healthy boundaries, honest communication, leadership, patience, assertiveness, affection, and more.

Children and Horse Therapy

We have found, when we put a child and a horse together:

Children find EAP more interesting than talk therapy

EAP keeps children on task and engaged

Children are more willing to attend sessions and interact in the process

Horses provide children with immediate feedback on which behaviors work and which don't

Sessions create metaphors that illuminate situations that children encounter in life and help them make changes in attitudes as well as behaviors

Horses provide emotional support and bonds that are helpful in the therapy process

Sessions help both children and therapists get to the root of the problems much more quickly

Sessions provide children with the ability to express and communicate in ways that traditional therapies do not

Call (715) 835-4530 to learn more.

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Testimonials

"Working with the horse is helping me think differently and helping me realize I can love again, deeply even. I know I have to keep coming because if I don’t, I simply won’t make it."

— DJS, MARINE VETERAN

 

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Certification

Our program and instructors are Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) certified. EAGALA is a non-profit organization developed to address the need for resources, education, and professionalism in the fields of Equine Assisted Learning and Psychotherapy. The EAGALA's certification program trains professionals and sets a standard structure for providing therapy sessions.

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Cost & Schedule

$130 for a 50 minute session. Appointments can be made Monday through Friday from 8 AM until 5 PM with extended hours available upon request. Please call to schedule your appointment prior to your arrival.

Program Director

Toni Mattson

Co-Founder, Director of Programs, EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist, Personal Development Specialist
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