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.

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I am a certified EAGALA mental health specialist and am also trained in Natural Lifemanship.

— Ashley Garcia, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Sherwood, OR

I am a Level 2 trained clinician in Natural Lifemanship, specializing in trauma-focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.

— Shannon Brock, Therapist in Fort Edward, NY
 

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

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 utilize trauma focused equine assisted psychotherapy in conjunction with other modalities with my clients.

— Lauren Ellis Robinson, Therapist in Nesbit, MS

Our therapist, Shannon Brock, LCSWR, is a Level 2 Clinician with Natural Lifemanship and she specializes in Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.

— Adirondack Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, LCSW, Therapist in Fort Edward, NY

EAGALA OkCorral Natural Lifemanship Level 1 trained HERD Institute

— Sara Rietsch, Licensed Professional Counselor in , MI
 

EAP is an experiential approach to therapy where we include horses to help us learn boundaries, healthier relationship and attachment behaviors, regulation of our emotions and survival responses, and mindfulness practices. I have attended multiple Natural Lifemanship trainings focusing on EAP as an intervention for difficulties with feeling safe and connected in relationship, past trauma processing, and present moment regulation and mindfulness.

— Kelly Jerome, Psychotherapist in Pittsboro, NC

A horse is a beautiful majestic creature, and when one interacts with you there is a sense of awe. But horses can also be opinionated, stubborn, quirky, reluctant, many of the same things that might challenge you. Horses don't sit there worrying about these things, they just are who they are. And they can help us see ourselves for the rich beings we are too, strengths and flaws alike.

— Heather Hanlin, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Marble Falls, TX
 

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 Cleveland, NC

I am certified in and practice Equine-Assisted Therapy in addition to traditional services. This experiential mode of therapy allows clients to explore healing in a unique and relational way with both human and horse facilitators. I have grown up around horses and adding them to my counseling work has integrated well into my professional life.

— Bethaney Clark, Professional Counselor Associate in Gresham, OR
 

I am now offering equine assisted therapy in West Chester, PA!

— Lynn Green, Clinical Social Worker in West Chester, PA

I am currently in the process of certification in Natural Lifemanship EAP and help previous certification in EAGALA EAP. I have a lifetime of experience with horses and know firsthand their impact on our emotional states.

— Jill Horan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in WONDER LAKE, IL
 

EAP is an experiential, or hands-on, approach. It moves past, or in conjunction with, traditional talk therapy. It is effective in treating a variety of difficulties from anxiety and mood disorders to interpersonal and relationship conflicts. It is not therapeutic riding and is done completely or mostly from the ground. It involves building relationships with horses and completing various tasks with them in order to achieve your goals. This can be used with children and adults.

— Jill Horan, Therapist in Lake zurich, IL