Horses are the best therapists.
The difference between traditional therapy and Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAP) is that EAP is about the relationship between the clients and the horses, more so than the therapist and the client. In EAP, the therapist provides opportunities for the equine-human interaction and brings conscious awareness to the learning that is transpiring. This “hands off” approach allows for the unexpected and unplanned to occur. I liken it to playing in “the liminal space”, which CJ Jung describes as the space between states of being, a space that offers the possibility of a re-creation of the self and a space where symbolic actions create meaning.
Is EAP right for me?
Yes. EAP is an effective therapy for a wide range of issues. EAP is appropriate for someone wanting to have more effective relationships or a deeper understanding of their family dynamics, or those looking to build their assertiveness skills, to those struggling with substance abuse, anger management, depression, anxiety, as well as those who have experienced trauma. My preference is to work with clients in my office initially, to develop a good understanding of their struggles and goals, and then begin to incorporate EAP sessions into our work.