Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals.
Benefits of EAP:
- Challenges clients in a non-threatening manner
- Rapidly breaks down defense barriers
- Provides immediate cause and effect situations
- Captivates and holds attention
- Promotes change from dysfunctional patterns to successful ones
EAP is an experiential modality. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, and patterns. While experiential approaches can be conducted in a variety of settings, using unlimited tools, EAP has the added advantage of utilizing horses, dynamic and powerful living beings who enhance the experiential process.
The focus of EAP is not riding or horsemanship. Sessions involve setting up ground activities involving the horses which will require the client or group to apply certain skills. Non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking and problem-solving, leadership, work, taking responsibility, teamwork and relationships, confidence, and attitude are several examples of the tools utilized and developed by EAP participants.
EAP is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families, and groups. EAP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, abuse issues, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs.
EAP services are offered on a farm near Snellville, GA. Please visit the C2 It, LLC website for more information.
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