Someone may wonder, why horses? Why not just go with talk therapy alone?
For years, people have instinctively known the therapeutic benefits working with animals. In more recent years there has been increasing amounts of research supporting what we’ve known all along: hurting people can make significant progress with the help of our four legged friends.
A treatment program has been developed called Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), in which the client works closely with with a licensed therapist and a certified equine specialist.
An excerpt from the EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) website explains,
“Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially for mental and behavioral health therapy and personal development. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals. Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short-term, or “brief” approach.
EAP is experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns. This approach has been compared to the ropes courses used by therapists, treatment facilities, and human development courses around the world. But EAP has the added advantage of utilizing horses, dynamic and powerful living beings.”
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