Equine Assisted Therapy
What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy?
EAP incorporates horses for emotional growth and learning. It does not involve any riding or horsemanship.
Horses also live in families and herds and they have distinct personalities, attitudes and moods. As prey animals, they have exceptional ability to read the non-verbal communication in humans. Their size and strength offer opportunity to overcome fear and develop confidence.
Benefits of EAP:
Confidence, Assertiveness, Resilience, Creative freedom, Social and communication skills, Anxiety reduction, Trust, Boundaries, Self-efficacy.
Why Horses instead of Other Animals?
Horses have unique organisational cultures. They live in families or herds providing vast opportunities for metaphor.
Distinct personalities, attitudes and moods – what works with one may not with another.
The Purpose of the Horse
* Read and react to non-verbal communication.
* Confront behaviour and attitudes in a safe and conductive manner.
* Act as a Metaphor for relationships and building positive neurological connections.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is a powerful therapeutic method for working with Aspergers/Autism because horses understand our non-verbal communication and accept us for who we are.
Experientially incorporates horses for emotional growth and learning.
A problem-solving model of change utilising therapeutic metaphor too:
* Look at expanding limitations
* Allow behavioural practice
* Facilitate cognitive restructuring
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP); an experienced modality:
Trial and error by learning by doing.
Reflect on the interaction between clients and horses.
Involves clients questioning, investigating, experimenting, solving problems by being creative with constructive meaning.
Identify current beliefs and attitudes.
Outcomes not always known as each experience and solution is a unique interaction between the horses and clients.