EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY (EAP)

Individual, Group & Family Therapy

Providing EAP to youth and adults with a special interest in providing mental health services
to people experiencing the affects of crime, crisis, trauma, and other issues that may put them at risk.
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"You facilitated the learning process in a fun and extremely effective way. I would never have believed
the horses could have provided such tremendous insight. I am stunned by the clarity this therapy provides
and look forward to learning more. It's uncanny how the truth comes out." ~ Client, Adult

No prior knowledge of horses is necessary as EAP has nothing to do with horsemanship or riding.
Please call 409-365-5277 or send an email to katie@stable-spirit.org for scheduling

In EAP, a licensed therapist and an equine professional, certified to provide EAP by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), involve horses in experiential activities on the ground in a nonthreatening way. This technique is highly effective because horses have a keen awareness of body language and will mirror the feelings and intentions of others in their environment. They provide a neutral medium for transference, capture and hold attention, rapidly break down defense barriers, provide immediate, honest, nonjudgmental feedback and magnificently reflect the inherent beauty of life itself.

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EAP effectively addresses a variety of mental health needs including, but not limited to:

  • behavioral issues
  • attention deficit disorder
  • substance abuse
  • eating disorders
  • abuse issues
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • rage
  • irresponsibility
  • relationship problems

Poor or lacking...

  • communication skills
  • self-confidence
  • assertiveness
  • self-esteem
  • respect for others
  • conflict resolution skills
  • boundaries
  • problem solving abilities

Surviving...

  • bullying
  • assault
  • rape
  • theft
  • stalking
  • disaster
  • loss
  • trauma

The impact of experiencing behaviors that result in success during the activities with the horses make an immediate and lasting impression that can be carried over to daily life. All therapy activities revolve around one to eight horses and are conducted by a licensed therapist and an equine professional on the property of Stable-Spirit. Every activity is designed in a way that requires clients to apply certain skills as well as opportunities for transference and empowerment. Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short-term, or "brief" approach to therapy.

Individual Therapy
Individual sessions last 1 - 1.5 hours and are conducted on an as needed basis. The first session is designed to be an assessment tool. Subsequent activities are designed to meet the objectives of the treatment plan. Generally, treatment goals are accimplished in two to three months, sometimes less.

Group Therapy
EAP groups consist of 6-9 individuals who are similarly aged and have similar issues. Activities are designed to meet the objectives of the groups predetermined focus. This could be an issue listed in the bullets above, or any other mental health issue that the therapist determines needs to be address. Each group generally lasts 1.5 - 2 hours and is conducted once a week for six to eight weeks.

Family Therapy
Family therapy focuses on the dynamic's of the family in relation to the issues of the client. Sessions are conducted with the client and other individuals who are identified as being members of the client's family and who are deemed appropriate to be included in the family therapy session by the therapist. Family therapy sessions last 1.5 hours and may be conducted on a one-time only basis, or on an ongoing weekly or every other week basis, as determined by the client's treatment plan.

The results of EAP include, but are not limited to:

improved...

  • self-confidence
  • assertiveness
  • boundaries
  • self-esteem
  • relationship skills

improved...

  • communications skills
  • respect for others
  • anger management
  • conflict resolution skills
  • problem solving abilities

As well as...

  • a return to normal functioning
  • renewed hope
  • freedom from addiction
  • gratitude for life
 

EAP taught me that I can do anything with my life today -- I can live a sober and clean life and be a happy person. ~ Client, Adult

My EAP experience taught me I can be a leader and not just a follower. ~ Client, Adult

EAP taught me that I can stay focused on one goal and move forward with it. Just because cocaine may present itself doesn't mean I have to use. ~ Client, Adult

EAP showed me that I can be in control of my own thoughts and I can be focused if I really want to be. ~ Client, Adult

We truely feel that we got more out of our one session and conversation with y'all than we have with all the other doctors our son has been to. ~ Client's Parents

It (my experiences with the horses) taught me to respect people and have a better attitude. ~ Client, Age 15

EAP taught me that the horses mirror my feelings and can show me things that maybe I was unconsciously feeling and I didn't know it. They also help calm you. ~ Client, Teen

I learned that I lack confidence in myself when approaching new situations. By allowing myself to accept the possibility of failure and learn from my mistakes, I can become more self-assured in all my endeavors, new and old. Yes, all that from a horse!! ~ Client, Young Adult

My EAP experience taught me I have literally boxed myself into a corner and allow the expectations of others to use up the little energy or self value that I have. That in turn causes my depression. ~ Client, Adult

The horses taught me I need to follow my instincts more often instead of being afraid to act on them. ~ Client, Young Adult

The thing that impresses me most about EAP is that uncanny things happen with the horses that are greater than anything I could have imagined. It's like God uses them as messengers. ~ Facilitator

I never realized the healing power of a horse. ~ Observer

The person to horse interaction provided through EAP stimulates an increased awareness of feelings and motivations both for the "focus person" and the observers. ~ Observer

As an observer, I felt that the therapist and horse professional did a good job of seeing to my safety and comfort when engaging with or being near the horses. ~ Observer