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:
ADD & ADHD
Bullying & Boundary Issues
Abuse & Neglect
Poor Coping Skills
Post Traumatic Stress
Grief & Loss Issues
Drug & Alcohol Use
Issues with Authority
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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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