Certified EAP Facilitators
“A horse already knows who he is.
Do you know who you are?”
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) incorporates horses experientially for mental and behavioral health therapy and personal development. The participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing or discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns with the mental health professional and equine specialist. Life stories begin unfolding symbolically in a safe and supportive setting. This work is client-centered and solution focused. We believe that all clients have their own best solutions. As the horses play out scenarios, clients gain insights and begin to see and feel shifts in themselves as well.
Horses are teachers in awareness, authenticity, living in the present moment, developing trust, and setting boundaries. Due to their powerful and large presence they are an effective catalyst for overcoming fear and developing confidence. Horses are social animals, with defined roles within their herds. They have distinct personalities, and an approach that works with one horse won’t necessarily work with another. Horses respond with unique and honest insight into exactly who we are in the moment, because their very survival depends on effectively reading their environment. Because they can read and respond to the nonverbal messages we are always sending, they begin to act in ways that feel familiar to other relationships or dynamics in our lives. This gives individuals a chance to actively work through those relationships and issues in a safe way.
Our main EAP facilitators are certified under the EAGALA Model. This model is an evidence-based distinctive experiential framework designed to allow clients the latitude to discover, learn, and grow from the horse-human relationship.
“The EAGALA Model is the global standard for professional and the leading association offering a fully-developed, professionally endorsed treatment model for mental health professionals practicing equine-assisted psychotherapy. The EAGALA Model stands alone in the world of equine-assisted psychotherapy and personal development because of the model's standards, code of ethics, continuing education requirements, replicable framework,and team approach. Under the EAGALA Model, both a registered, credentialed Mental Health Professional and a certified Equine Specialist work together collaboratively at all times to assure clients get the therapeutic attention and support they need as they make life changes. The EAGALA Model involves no riding or horsemanship, making it both safe and effective. Clients work directly with horses face-to-face on the same footing. This ground level work enables clients to better perceive the horses' actions and reactions as they work to process and solve their life challenges. Under the trained eye of the EAGALA Treatment Team, horses offer clients honest feedback and usable information that helps them understand how their process and actions affect others and impacts their lives.”