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 provide a somatic based approach to EAP. Horses can be powerful healing facilitators for clients. They are able to reflect back emotions to the people engaged with them whether the people are aware of their own emotions or not. This provides a great way to be able to externalize and work through various struggles in life. Horses are great with helping set boundaries, building self-awareness, developing healthy communication styles, and so much more.

— Kodie Mobbs, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Liberty Lake, WA

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 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

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

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

Horses are one of nature's most intuitive & empathetic animals. They can mirror an individual's emotions which makes them a great therapeutic assistance. Equine-Assisted-Psychotherapy (EAP) assists in emotional regulation, increasing cognitive skills, reducing stress & easing symptoms of PTSD, trauma as well as depression. EAP also assists individuals when it comes to destructive behavior, habits and relationship patterns. Come try EAP out with me today!

— Amina Tamachi, Counselor in Aurora, CO

I provide equine assisted psychotherapy (or horse assisted therapy). This part of my practice, however, is private pay rather than insurance based. Equine-assisted psychotherapy is therapy that features interactions with horses. EAP is facilitated by a Mental Health Professional and an Equine Specialist. All EAP is done through ground work and there is no riding of horses. EAP instead focuses on caring for and working with horses to achieve goals similar to those of traditional psychotherapy.

— Ariel Namowicz, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Elm Grove, WI

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 am a certified EAP Mental Health Professional with EAGALA

— Margot Charkow-Ross, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Elk Grove, 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

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

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