Healing Hearts Ranch

By: Healing Hearts Ranch  09-12-2011
Keywords: Horses, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

EAP Sessions (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy) - In these sessions, we teach valuable skills to improve self-esteem, self-confidence, and communications skills. We also work through issues such as anger management and conflict resolution.  Available to individuals, groups and families.

EAP, or Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, is an emerging field in which horses are used as a tool for emotional growth and healing. It is experiential in nature, highly effective, and, because of its intensity, it is considered to be a short-term or "brief" approach. Participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with horses that are directed by certified professionals, who then help the participants to process (or discuss) feelings, behaviors and patterns. In addition to challenging participants in a non-threatening manner, EAP helps to rapidly break down emotional defense barriers, provide immediate cause and effect situations, captivate and hold one's attention, and promote change from dysfunctional patterns to healthy, successful ones.  The focus of EAP is not riding or horsemanship!  95-100% of EAP takes place purely on the ground. The focus of EAP is to design activities involving the participant and the horse which will help the participant to develop skills and tools used in non-verbal communication, problem-solving, teamwork and relationship building. These activities are also designed to help them build confidence, assertiveness, and a sense of responsibility.

    Dear Healing Hearts Ranch,We cannot thank you enough for all Healing Hearts Ranch has done for our family. We have had our son in therapy for many years and made very little progress.  We feel that in just a few short months Equine Therapy has helped us all slow down and think before we react.  We have learned how to work through our problems as a family and learned to respect each other's differences. I think just standing around a barn, horses, dogs, cats, etc. has helped us slow down and think about what is important in life as compared to an uncomfortable setting inside a therapist's office. I would highly recommend Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to anyone. You don't have to be a horse-lover for it to be effective. In fact, in some ways I think it works best if you are a little uncomfortable around horses. It is real easy to learn patience, trust, and compassion. Keep up the good work; we appreciate all Healing Hearts does for so many people.  Sincerely,
Barbara Konrade-Stierlen

Keywords: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Horses