Equine Assisted Therapy
Equine therapy can be used to address many aspects of an individual's life, including; communication, anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, parenting, grief, etc. Equine Assisted Therapy is an experiential approach designed to help clients learn about themselves and others by participating in ground (non-riding) activities with the horses, then processing feelings, behaviors, and/or patterns. Horses are intuitive creatures and posses an acute sense of awareness to the things that are going on in the environment around them. Horses mirror human body language and have an ability to pick up on our non-verbal behavior while providing honest, non-judgmental feedback to help facilitate the individual's healing.
What to expect
Each session is unique and based on an individual's goals. In general, a client can expect to participate in an activty with one or more horses, that is facilitated by a therapist and an equine specialist. The therapist is there to point out things they may notice during the session, and to help the client process through anything that may have come up during the activity.
The size and power of the horses are naturally intimidating to many people. Accomplishing a task involving a horse, in spite of those fears, creates confidence and provides for metaphors when dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life.
What does EAP Focus on?
Non-verbal communication, family communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, problem solving, leadership, responsibility, teamwork, empathy, confidence, trauma, parenting, self-esteem, anger management, anxiety are all examples of things that are addressed during equine therapy.