About Equine Assisted Psychotherapy – EAP

Horses can teach us so many things about how to be present in our lives.

Are you interested in equine assisted psychotherapy?

WHY HORSES?

Horses have survived through the centuries by being attuned to their environment.  Awareness of the most subtle changes makes the horse sensitive to what you and I are saying with our body language, our tone of voice, our muscle tone, and our breathing rates which are indicators of our emotions.

Horses react and respond to us without judgment, without criticism, and do not care what our stories have been. Do you feel like you have to perform, work hard at being accepted, or feel you are ‘not enough’ or ‘too much’?  Horses can help create a space for you to practice just ‘being’.

Being in the horse environment helps create mindfulness and awareness of your surroundings.  You can learn to focus and listen to your thoughts and feelings.   Interacting with the horses and observing their reactions to you brings awareness about how your non-verbal communications may be affecting others in your life.

Equine assisted therapy is new to most women. Doing therapy amongst the horses requires no riding or horse skills.  If you have horse experience, this may feel very different from what you know, because in equine assisted psychotherapy, we don’t ride or train the horse.  We work with the horse’s natural behaviors.

Is Horse Work for You?

Working with me and the horses on the issues that are causing you distress can bring you connection and empowerment quickly.  Horses help you discover or develop your resiliency, deal with life events, and uncover joy, purpose, or passion.  If this sounds like something you’d like to explore or try, contact me for a free 15 minute consult.

WHAT does an EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY session look like?

During an EAP session we talk and do activities with the horse.  Those activities can be simple grooming exercises, creative activities, or simply walking with the horse partner or observing the herd.  These activities are directed by the therapist and may include an equine specialist to monitor and interpret horse behaviors.

Individual Sessions

Individual equine assisted psychotherapy services are one hour in length and take place at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope at the Kentucky Horse Park.  We address the issues that hold you stuck, make plans to reach future goals in relationships, work, personal habits, or develop skills to manage your present situation, all while partnering with a horse or a herd.

Groups

Groups are formed around topics relevant to women, such as relationships, grief, leadership, mindfulness, or parenting skills group.  These groups meet for one and a half hours and are small in size.  The groups are led by myself and another certified equine specialist. We spend our time interacting with the herd and learning about skills that address the topic.

Special Groups

Twice a year, I co-facilitate the EASTT Group with Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center. EASTT is an equine assisted survivors of trauma therapy group that helps survivors of sexual trauma reconnect with their strengths, learn skills for building trust and relationships in partnership with a horse.

EASTT takes place in the spring and fall and are free to participants through BRCC.  Individual sessions are also offered through collaboration with BRCC.

If this is something you are interested in you may contact me or BRCC.

EASTT is the recipient of a 2016 KASAP Innovative Program of the Year.

Veterans Groups

Several times a year, I partner with several veterans’ organizations to provide equine assisted skill building groups around managing PTSD symptoms, relationship/communication skills, and goal setting.

If you are a veteran looking for support or groups contact me.