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 offer Equine Assisted Psychotherapy at a facility nearby.

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

EAGALA OkCorral Natural Lifemanship Level 1 trained HERD Institute

— Sara Rietsch, Licensed Professional Counselor in , MI

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

EAP (EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY) is a form of experiential therapy where the participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses. Horses in EAP are used for growth, learning, and healing.

— Dr. Mason Weber, Psychologist in Sandy Springs, GA

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

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

I am an Eagala Certified Equine Therapist trained to implement a distinctive experiential framework designed to provide you with the latitude to discover, learn, and grow from the horse-human relationship. Through this framework, you will learn about yourself and others by participating in physical activities involving horses while discussing thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, and patterns. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is ground-based work and does not involve mounting or riding horses.

— Tierney Hodge, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

I received a graduate certificate in Equine Assisted Mental Health and have worked in the equine assisted therapy field in some capacity for over ten years. I am trained in equine assisted EMDR through equilateral. I am also a PATH intl. certified therapeutic riding instructor.

— Kelsey Mammen, Licensed Professional Counselor

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

— Adirondack Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, LCSW, 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