Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)

Equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is an experiential treatment method that involves clients interacting with horses. EAP has been used to treat issues including ADD, abuse, depression, anxiety, drug abuse, eating disorders, and more. In an EAP session, a client will typically groom, feed or walk the horse while the therapist observes the clients' reactions to the horse's behavior. Therapists that utilize EAP often believe that horses provide instant and accurate feedback of a client's thoughts and feelings, which can help both the therapist and client become more aware of these emotions. Horses are nonjudgmental, which can help clients connect with another living being that accepts them – making it easier to learn to trust, and easing the path into having trusting relationships with other people. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s EAP specialists today.

Meet the specialists

Equine Assisted Life Coaching holds a variety of opportunities in connecting with your inner child, your inner playfulness and innocence, increasing your own self awareness, and learning to enhance your communication in relationships. Equine is a great therapeutic activity for those who have low self esteem, have relationship issues, have difficulty communicating how they are feeling, have been engaging in substance use, or are interested in connecting to animals and nature as a coping skill.

— Angela Shankman, Therapist in Agoura Hills, CA
 

I offer Equine Assisted Psychotherapy at a facility nearby.

— Eliina Belenkiy, M.Ed., LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Middleburg, VA

Horses are prey animals, whose survival is based on the protection given to them by being in a herd. This makes them sensitive to inconsistency, and they can feel this in people. In other words, horses can tell when our insides don’t match our outsides. This enables you to gain instant feedback on your actions, and gives us ample fodder for metaphor. Children, teenagers, college students and adults all benefit from counseling with horses.

— Sabrina Merz, Counselor in Boulder, CO
 

I partner with a local EAP barn to provide the wodner of healing trauma with horses.

— Michelle Stroebel, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Granite Falls, NC

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy combines evidence based counseling methods with a "hands on" therapeutic experience in a beautiful outdoor setting to help you get out of your head & practice real change in the moment. All activities are ground-based, there is no riding and no horse experience is necessary. Perfect for those who enjoy the outdoors & recognize the powerful therapeutic potential of animals & nature.

— Ashton Burdick, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Mooresville, NC
 

Equine Assisted Life Coaching holds a variety of opportunities in connecting with your inner child, your inner playfulness and innocence, increasing your own self awareness, and learning to enhance your communication in relationships. Equine is a great therapeutic activity for those who have low self esteem, have relationship issues, have difficulty communicating how they are feeling, have been engaging in substance use, or are interested in connecting to animals and nature as a coping skill.

— Angela Shankman, Therapist in Agoura Hills, CA
 

EAP incorporates the mighty, empathic, and spiritual presence of horses into psychotherapy. Horses outwardly mirror what we feel inside in a way that is nonjudgmental, sensitive, and pure. They bond with us nonverbally in a special relationship that leaves many feeling profoundly seen and understood. I worked with youth survivors at a horse ranch and rescue for over 6 years before completing 3 years of clinical internship at an Equine Assisted Therapy program for youth in crisis.

— Rory Valentine Diller, M.A., Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Orinda, CA

Certified by EAGALA and OKCorral for equine-assisted psychotherapy and equine-assisted learning activities

— Sara Rietsch, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grand Blanc, MI