Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is a type of mental health treatment which uses interactions with horses to deal with a variety of mental health needs. Instead of being in an office setting, the mental health professional and the client work together as a team with the horses and a certified Equine Specialist on certain goals and challenges. The EAGALA Model, is a proven and effective treatment for individuals, families, couples, children and adolescents coping with mental health challenges.

EAP and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) involve activities with horses on the ground (no riding is involved) that encourage the use of certain behaviors with nonverbal communication such as assertiveness, taking leadership, and/or responsibility, creative problem solving, team work, listening, confidence and corrective attitude. How the horse reacts to the client and the activity, and the client’s experience/role is what the focus of discussion is and future activities are chosen based previous discussions and interactions. The horse a natural metaphor for the client.

Learn more about EAP and EAL here.