Equine Assisted Psychotherapy- For Providers
How can I integrate EAP into my practice?
EAP is effective on its own or in conjunction with talk therapy. If you have a client or group in which progress has plateaued, or you think would benefit from action-based therapy, we'd love to meet with you and discuss this successful program.
Harnessing Hope LLC has spent the past 16 years successfully partnering with, and working along side, licensed mental health professionals providing the highest quality Equine Assisted Psychotherapy service to their clients. We would love to set up a time to discuss how this collaboration works and the value it can bring to your practice, hospital, residential center, or other mental health related program.
We offer a safe and confidential environment, well seasoned experienced therapy horses, an insured facility with highly trained Certified Equine Specialists. We accommodate individuals, as well as couples, and families, with specialized focus in group therapy and workshops.
The use of horses is gaining more recognition as a powerful and effective approach to helping children, adolescents, and adults. Those who are familiar with horses recognize and understand the power of horses to influence people in incredibly powerful ways.
Horses are innate at reading our non-verbal body language, experience a wide range of feelings, provide immediate, honest, observable feedback in response to our interactions with them. Horses are sensitive to nonverbal stimulus, which makes them astute guides. They are social beings, and bring insight into group dynamics and the individual roles we play in our daily lives.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is an emerging field in which horses are used as tools for emotional growth and learning. It's an action-based therapy in which individuals learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with horses followed by a discussion concerning their feelings, behaviors, and patterns. The focus of EAP is not riding or horsemanship. The focus of EAP involves activities with horses which require the individual or group to apply certain skills such as: non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking and problem solving, leadership, work, taking responsibility, teamwork and relationships, confidence, and positive attitude.
EAP is a brief approach that successfully addresses a variety of mental health needs including: behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, abuse issues, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs.
NO HORSE EXPERIENCE OR RIDING NECESSARY.