Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning
Stacy Eggsware is Certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)
through the OK Corral Series (okcorralseries.com)
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
Individuals, couples, small groups, or family units meet with the two facilitators and select equine partners (from one to several). Equine sessions are designed to address mental health issues, ranging from self-esteem to trauma, in a safe environment at the participants own pace. Most activities occur from the ground (not on horseback). Horses are skilled at keeping themselves safe and adept at survival; their natural behaviors are optimal for mental and physical health. In many respects, humans have lost the instinct to keep themselves safe and healthy. Horses can help to show us the way back to health. As our work and observation with them lends itself to insightful metaphors into our own patterns, strengths, and the nonverbal messages we send out.
Equine Assisted Learning.
Groups often have an interest in building cohesiveness, improving communication, or identifying barriers to functioning. Moving through activities with the horses allow groups to strategize adaptive and effective ways to work together. Often these interactions involve laughter and tears as group dynamics are changed by the experience.