Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is an experiential psychotherapy that involves humans interacting with horses for emotional growth, support, insight and and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist, an equine professional who understands horse behavior, and a horse or horses, to address treatment goals. This is team effort where each person play a specific role that leads to therapeutic results.
Why horses and not any other animal?
Horses are social beings whose herd dynamics are remarkably similar to the family system. They reflect co-dependency and inter-dependency, necessary for human growth and development. Horses also have unique intuitive abilities what we call the “sixth sense” that mirrors human behaviors and feelings. Their authenticity makes it easy to relate with them.
Equine therapy can be uses to explore issues like trust, communication styles, mindfulness, healthy boundaries, anxiety, emotional awareness, authenticity, and many others.
If you are interested in this form of therapy, contact me via email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 832-739-9720