Equine-assisted Psychotherapy  

Why Horses?

Horses are both intuitive and strong - they pick up on the emotional state of the client and respond immediately - where humans may hold back. This immediate response helps the client understand their own issues with greater clarity as they cannot hide their feelings from the horse. Unlike humans horses donít respond to negative reinforcement but challenge us to always seek a positive and empowered way of dealing with situations.

The benefits of work ethic, responsibility, assertiveness, communication, and healthy relationships has long been recognized. Horses naturally provide these benefits. The size and power of the horse are naturally intimidating to many people. Accomplishing a task involving a horse, in spite of those fears, creates confidence and provides for wonderful metaphors when dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life. There are infinite possibilities of including horses for emotional growth. The greatest benefit is that through learning with the horses, positive behaviours are not only taught, but experienced.

EAP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including:
Behavioural issues, ADD, substance abuse, eating disorders, abuse issues, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs.

You and your family can be loving, trustworthy, communicative, strong, compassionate, honest, patient, resilient, great at teamwork and creative Ö. All with the help of horses.

Research has shown time and time again that Equine Assisted Psychotherapy can help people develop these traits and more.

What if a horse could motivate & empower a person to be their best & happiest?

The focus of EAP is not on riding or horsemanship. In fact 90% of EAP takes place on the ground. It is interactive, experiential, hands-on-approach and involves setting up activities involving horses which will require the client or group to apply certain skills.

Clients can immediately see the effects of their actions by how the horse responds to them. They also learn that relationships take time, effort, respect, and honesty.

EAP is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families and groups.

Itís an encounter of change and new growth. The immense value of EAP is that it promotes change through action. Itís not just talk. Another great benefit of using horses is that it can be a lot of fun!

By: Kim Kidson 011-4322056
Family Therapy Centre



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