What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)?
First of all, you are probably wondering what Equine Therapy is and why it is so effective. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy or (EAP) as it is often referred to is a program in which horses are used as a tool for emotional growth and learning. EAP is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional.
The program is experiential and allows the participants to learn about themselves and others by participating in activites with the horses, and then discussing their feelings, behaviors and patterns. The focus of Equine Therapy is not riding or horsemanship, in fact, 90% of EAP takes place on the ground. The approach sets up activities invloving the horses which will require the participant or group of participants to apply certain skills. Non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, problem solving, leadership and teamwork are just some of the skills involved in EAP.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is a powerful and effective therapuetic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families and groups. EAP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, abuse issues, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication skills.
We have been very successful in using EAP and have seen tremendous results with the following groups and programs:
Adolescent Residential Treatment Centers (RTC's)
Juvenile Justice Departments
Drug and Alcohol programs
Family Therapy programs Adult Substance Abuse groups