EQUINE-ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY

We provide equine-assisted psychotherapy in accordance with the EAGALA model. This model utilizes a team approach, consisting of a licensed therapist, an equine specialist and horse(s). The EAGALA model is based on the belief that clients have the ability to find the best solutions for themselves when given the opportunity to discover them. The horse is an ideal therapy partner due to its unique sensitivities and exceptional capacity to read and respond to non-verbal cues. In essence, the horse acts as a large biofeedback machine, providing information regarding the client's emotional state. This real-time feedback provides powerful growth opportunities. The experiential nature of the sessions allows clients to observe their thoughts, feelings and behaviors and the impact on themselves and others while also providing opportunities to explore, problem-solve and overcome challenges. Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy can help clients work through difficulties such as depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, relationship challenges and trauma. The therapy work is all ground-based, with no riding involved and no previous experience with horses required.

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