What is Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)?
“Choose equine therapy first, don’t wait and make it a last resort.”
“Trauma-informed care is a neurosequential model of therapeutics that aligns therapeutic activities with stages of brain development in an attempt to facilitate healthy reorganization of neurological pathways under the assumption that such reorganization of earlier stages of brain development will ultimately benefit higher-level cognitive functioning.”- Natural Lifemanship
We facilitate working with horses, primarily on the ground in a variety of settings, in order to reconnect with ourselves and others. These prey animals’ natural instincts focused on survival and herd behavior, provide a structure in which we are able to discover many things about ourselves and others! We can help our clients discover and live comfortably in their own skin, overcoming many mental disorders.
We work with both adults and children to help heal from trauma. ” This modality is an innovative trauma-specific intervention. It is a specialized and highly effective mental health treatment model based on our extensive knowledge and experience in horse psychology combined with our clinical expertise and years of counseling individuals and families impacted by complex trauma.” – Natural Lifemanship. This modality has gained national attention due to its efficacy in healing – with scientific data to support the effect it has on the brain.
If you know someone that would benefit from this life-changing modality of treatment for low self-esteem/confidence, anxiety, depression,trauma, marital conflict, healthy parenting and co-parenting after divorce, bi-polar disorder, PTSD, attachment disorders and more, contact one of our licensed professionals for an appointment.
Who can benefit from EAP?
Sometimes it is necessary for humans to seek therapy. Therapy being defined as “the treatment of mental or psychological disorders by psychological means”. In that case, our licensed mental health professionals (LPC, LMSW, PhD) partner with trained and certified equine professionals to provide services to clients who are dealing with the symptoms of past traumas that often include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress, attachment disorders, situational stress, loss of a loved one, divorce or anything that causes a disruption in the ability to sleep, concentrate or in general thrive mentally, physically, socially, vocationally and spiritually.
This therapy is specifically targeted to the brain and nervous system for the purposes of targeting mental disorders. Any riding that is done is for those purposes alone, given that the motion of the horse’s movement is passive regulation and it is helpful when aiding clients in learning self-regulation and targeting areas of the brain that may be “offline” and need regulating.
True fulfillment and joy come when we are fully engaged with the world, not retreating or hiding from it. Horses show us that true connection comes when we fully accept ourselves and find power in the realization of our identity. Horses see us for who we are and wait for us to do the same thing. “The True Self is not our creation, but God’s. It is the self we are in our depths. It is our capacity for divinity and transcendence.” – Sue Monk Kidd
What we offer
Our services include cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR and many other methods recognized throughout the world for their efficacy in the treatment of psychological disorders. This is “real” therapy that is experiential, meaning that our clients actually experience instant authentic feedback, in a safe setting that provides the opportunity for the creation of new nuero-pathways in their brains. It is not a band-aid, a role-play or a quick fix. Activities taking place during therapy sessions are specifically targeted to therapeutic goals which are set during intake sessions and are re-evaluated throughout the process. Often our therapy teams work in tandem with Psychiatrists and other mental health professionals.
We facilitate this process of healing by working with horses, primarily on the ground in a variety of settings, in order to reconnect via warm authentic relationship with ourselves and others. This modality causes new neuro-pathways to form in the brain; this is not a band aid.
We offer one-hour, two-hour session plus one day, two day and three day intensives with lodging working with individuals or couples.
- Individual and Couples
- CE Training