Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
EAP for Children and Youth
Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) can be helpful for children and youth who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.
EAP offers an alternative to “traditional” talk therapy, whereby children and youth can work through feelings that may be inaccessible cognitively. With the help of their equine partners, young people learn to express their thoughts and feelings at their own pace and developmental level as they attempt to find meaning in their world.
We also incorporate nature, play, creative expression, sensory-motor strategies, and exploration into sessions for a holistic, mind-body experience toward healing.
Our services are attachment and trauma-informed, and we strive to include parents and caregivers in the therapy process as much as possible.
Equine Therapy can help children & youth:
Decrease acting-out behaviors.
Develop healthy coping strategies.
Build frustration tolerance and problem-solving skills.
Take responsibility for personal actions and decisions.
Experience positive (safe, genuine, nurturing) interaction and attachment with significant others (therapist, caregivers, siblings, horses).
Understand their arousal level and build self-regulation capacity.
Understand when they feel safe and unsafe and what to do about it.
Ask for help and rely on the relationship instead of themselves.