WHAT IS EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY?

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) provides a innovative and hands on approach to counselling that supports clients of all ages in addressing therapeutic goals. This therapy helps clients with difficulties such as overcoming anxiety, depression, to heal past trauma, loss of a loved one, personal growth and development. Clients benefit from this powerful therapy as they interact with the horses they learn about themselves,  their relationship styles and to recognize unhealthy patterns, build on their personal strengths and change their lives.

Sessions occur in a safe and natural environment, such as a paddock, or arena with a trained and Certified EPA practitioner. There may be one or many horses participating in the session.


 

Why Horses?

Horses are a prey animals who have  develop finely tuned senses, to the degree that they can even read our heart beat and breathing rate. Their native language is body language. Therefore they are experts at reading our non-verbal cues, giving clients direct, objective feedback about their non-verbal communication, underlying emotional and mental state,  even when we are not aware we are giving them. Horses have the natural ability to sense the emotions of others around them. The horses non-verbal feedback can evoke powerful feelings, thereby reflecting the emotions like a mirror without judgement.  This can bring even subconscious or suppressed emotional struggles into our awareness. With the help of our therapist one can then access and process the emotions, make sense of them and file them into memory , allowing the start of emotional healing.

Horses live in the ʻhere and nowʼ and offer authentic and honest contact, free of judgement and interpretation.


 


How does Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) work?

Horses have finely tuned senses such as hearing, smell and touch and in a herd, horses sense each other's feelings and naturally mirror this to each other via body language. This helps the survival of the herd. 
Horses can also sense our emotional state, even when we are not aware of it. This natural ability of horses is utilised by introducing a person or a small group of people to a small herd of horses. This is not about horsemanship or dominating the horses nor about riding, but about becoming a guest member of the herd. Horses will then naturally reflect to the person what is going on for that person emotionally at this time. Our therapist can help them make sense of this experience. The experience occurs without words and therefore there is no risk of miscommunication via spoken language. 

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