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 Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. I offer in-person equine-assisted psychotherapy in Pasadena, CA. I have over 40 years of experience with horses and believe they can teach us a great deal about ourselves. Equines are partners in my treatment and you will be outside and in nature which also adds to your healing.

— Cornelia Seiffert, Clinical Social Worker in Pasadena, CA

I am trained in and practice Embodied Equine Psychotherapy™, which is an experiential, somatic and relational approach to working with clients and horses. I combine this approach with my knowledge of relationships, connection and trauma to create a unique and healing experience for my clients.

— Katie Dolinsky, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Westbrook, ME

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

Our in-person therapists specialize in Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.

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

My equine practice is located at the beautiful Wildsong Ranch in Longmont. This is a wonderfully supportive modality for those who prefer working in the environment and being surrounded by nature.

— Gillian Pierce, Psychotherapist in Longmont, CO

I offer Equine Assisted Psychotherapy at a facility nearby.

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

Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) / Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) -Accepting new clients for EAP beginning March 1, 2023

— Ashti Dawson, Licensed Master of Social Work in Springfield, IL

Equines are extremely intuitive, crave connection, and can hold a conversation without words. Allow me to introduce you to these beautifully healing creatures.

— Macie Dominique, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Aurora, CO

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., LMFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz, CA