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
 

Porter's House Inc. is excited to be working in collaboration with Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center, located in Bristol, to offer Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) to our clients! EAP is the combined use of horses, a licensed therapist, and an equine specialist to support clients in making progress towards individual treatment goals. The client's relationship with the horse can be utilized as a tool to mirror real-life experiences and to explore patterns in their own relationships.

— Christie Caneschi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Waterbury, CT

We, at Porter's House Inc., are excited to be working in collaboration with Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center in Bristol, CT to provide clients with Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)! EAP is the combined use of horses, a licensed therapist, and an equine specialist to support clients in making progress towards individual treatment goals. The client's relationship with the horse can be utilized as a tool to mirror real-life experiences and to explore patterns in their own relationships.

— Christie Caneschi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Waterbury, CT
 

Utilizing horses in the therapy session allows for a unique way to address internal feelings and communication. The horse(s) joins the session in a way that fits the specific needs of each client, whether it is building self-esteem, working through anger issues or developing healthier communication skills.

— kazmiera miller, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Attica, NY

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

— Ashley Garcia, Marriage & Family Therapist in Sherwood, OR
 

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

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy utilizes the horse as a tool in the therapeutic process. I am a PATH certified therapeutic horseback riding instructor as well as EAGALA trained in EAP.

— Marisa Kuropatkin, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tappan, NY
 

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

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

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 in Aurora, CO