For Veterans and their families. Equine Assisted Therapy provides powerful opportunities to get at the heart of issues and lead to improved communication, stronger partnerships, and healthier relationships.
For Any Problem. Whether treating addictions, trauma, social and behavioral disorders, depression or other issues, this therapy can help you find meaningful, lasting solutions.
Professional Therapy. Equine Assisted Therapy involves a team incorporating the skills of a Licensed Mental Health Professional, a Certified Equine Specialist, and Horses - working with you to reach your goals.
All activities are ground based, non-riding and no horse experience is required.
One veteran's story and how he benefited from equine-assisted therapy.
PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress is a normal set of reactions to a trauma such as war, which could be experienced by almost anyone. Sometimes, it becomes a Disorder (PTSD) with the passage of time when feelings or issues related to the trauma are not dealt with, but are suppressed by the individual. This can result in problems readjusting to community life following the trauma. A delayed stress reaction may surface after many years and include some or all of the following issues:
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy And The Eagala Model
Treating the effects of trauma is never easy. And in military culture, the challenge is even greater. The reality is that traditional psychotherapy can be stigmatizing and feel like "just a lot of talk" among people who value doing and action.
Service members are hands-on. They trust their experience and the people they serve with. In order to engage them in their own healing process, the solutions offered need to understand who they are, respect their culture and meet them squarely on their terms.
Clinical evidence and generations of human experience show that horses have a special ability to help people work through emotional barriers without stigma or shame. This is especially true and valuable for people who suffer the effects of trauma.
In equine assisted psychotherapy, horses serve as metaphors and powerful stand-ins for the people, issues and challenges in the client's life-or the lives of couples, family or military unit. A highly-trained mental health professional puts the horses' unique sensitivities to work - their special capacity to read and respond to peoples' non-verbal signals and cues - leading to powerful emotional breakthroughs and life-changing insights.
Even though equine assisted psychotherapy is a relatively new discipline, EAGALA is committed to building a body of evidence based on peer reviewed research. With 15 years in the field, the EAGALA
Model is tested and subject to ongoing study and development.
For a listing of research and studies on equine assisted psychotherapy and the EAGALA Model,
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