Equine sessions center around offering activities that require clients to utilize a specific skill such as assertiveness, verbal and non-verbal communication, problem solving, creative thinking, leadership, maintaining a positive attitude, relationship building, confidence, and teamwork. EAP is effective in treating mental health and human development needs including substance abuse, ADD, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, abuse issues, communication needs and relationship issues.
Equine-assisted therapy is especially beneficial for clients who tend to intellectualize. This helps these clients to listen more to their hearts and not live so much in their heads. “Intellectualizing is a major block to recovery for many individuals. Being able to break through this is significant for many clients.
Equine therapy helps patients get in touch with their emotions and feelings. Many patients have avoided feeling emotions for so long that they don’t know how to understand their feelings anymore. Through working with horses, feelings of fear, anger, resentment, sadness, loneliness, joy and peace are brought to surface.” These feelings are then addressed in the moment when they have the greatest impact.