EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY SESSIONS
For the past thirty-five years, Ebony Horsewomen has effected positive change in adults, children, families, veterans and first-responders using equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP).
What is Equine Assisted Therapy Psychotherapy (EAP)?
Equine assisted psychotherapy involves interactions between clients and horses, directed and assisted by a licensed clinical therapist and a trained horse specialist. EAP provides insight for observation and personal growth. Therapists observe clients’ reactions to horses and their behaviors to understand how clients interact with people and help them gain self-awareness. The therapist also observes and interprets a horse’s movements and reactions to clients to help identify and change any negative patterns of thinking that may lead to depression or relationship problems they may have. Horses offer immediate feedback and can shed light on a client’s thoughts and feelings before either the client or therapist are aware of them.
How does EAP work?
EAP is the combined use of horses, a licensed therapist and a horse specialist working with clients to address various individual psychotherapy treatment goals. This unique method enables clients to learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses and then discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns. The presence of a horse is considered therapeutic since it is a dynamic and powerful living being. There's also a healing bond that can develop between humans and horses. EAP utilizes this relationship with the horse as a tool to help facilitate change. Therapeutic results begin immediately. Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short-term therapeutic
Anyone can participate in EAP and no prior horse or riding experience is necessary. All activities are done from the ground and there is no riding involved.
Our clinical staff is comprised of Licensed Clinical Therapists (LCSW's), MSW's, a Licensed Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Horse Specialists, and a Master Urban Riding Instructor. Together, we have years of experience.
Call Hilary at (860)293-2914 for a confidential screening. Most health insurance plans are accepted.