Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, or EAP, is experiential in nature. Participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with our horses, and then discussing the feelings, behaviors, and patterns that these activities evoke. The sessions are guided by a licensed therapist and an EAGALA certified equine professional who work together to address specific treatment goals through the equine-assisted exercises. The therapists and equine specialist running these groups hold certificates from the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA).
Horses are large and powerful, which creates a natural opportunity for some students to overcome fear and develop confidence by completing tasks that require interacting with and guiding the horse.
Horses are very much like humans in that they are social animals. This means that they have defined roles within their herds, they are most comfortable being together with their peers, and they have distinct personalities, attitudes, and moods. Most importantly, horses have the ability to sense and mirror humans' body language. When we make attitudinal changes within ourselves, the horses respond immediately.