What is EAP and EAL?
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. it is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals.
EAP is experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns. This approach has been compared to the ropes courses used by therapists, treatment facilities, and human development courses around the world. But EAP has the added advantage of utilizing horses, dynamic and powerful living beings.
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is similar to EAP but where the focus is on learning or educational goals. EAL still involves the team of mental health professional and horse professional working with the clients and horses. The focus however is on education and learning specific skills as defined by the individual or group, such as improved product sales for a company, leadership skills for a school group, or resiliency training for our military warriors.
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Do we ride the horses?
No- there is no riding in EAGALA, it is all groundwork. When a person is on a horse's back the horse is responding to how it was trained to respond. Instead, when a person is on the ground working with a horse, the horse is responding directly to the person and their energy in that moment. This makes the experience unique to each specific client.
I have never been around horses, is that a problem?
No, this is not a problem. When you contact HORSES TO HUMANS we can discuss anything you need to know about safety around horses and any other questions, issues, or concerns that you may have.
Who can benefit from equine assisted services?
Equine assisted services has proven successful with a variety of populations: children, adolescents, families, couples, the elderly, veterans, and professional teams. Sessions are specifically tailored to include activities that focus on the needs of the individual or the group.
What should I wear for a session?
Dress comfortably and dress to fit the weather. You will also want to wear comfortable, close toed shoes that are appropriate for outdoor activities – for example tennis shoes or boots.
Horses offer unconditional friendship and provide immediate and honest feedback. They are sensitive to nonverbal stimulus which provides valuable, visible lessons in terms of nonverbal body language. Accomplishing a task involving the horse creates confidence and provides for wonderful metaphors when dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life.
How is a client referred for services?
Please contact Theresa Flaigle with client referrals