Equine Assisted Therapy
Equine assisted psychotherapy works to increase insight, identify individual patterns and build emotional intelligence
Cumberland Heights Equine Assisted Therapy
Equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is a collaboration between a therapist and an equine specialist who work together to address treatment plan goals. This is an experiential process which incorporates horses for emotional growth and learning. Horses respond and interact with human emotions often mirroring patterns back to you and allowing you to increase awareness and work through these feelings and patterns in a non-traditional way.
Equine assisted therapy is being used in a wide variety of settings to help people with acute and chronic illnesses, like addiction. This is based on the many physical and psychological benefits seen in patients when they interact with the horses. These include lowered blood pressure and heart rate, increased beta-endorphin levels (a hormone produced by the brain and nervous system that reduces pain), decreased stress levels, reduced feelings of anger, hostility, tension and anxiety, improved social functioning, and increased feelings of empowerment, trust, patience and self-esteem. Equine therapy is looked upon as both a learning and healing experience.
Equine assisted psychotherapy also works to increase insight, identify individual patterns and build emotional intelligence. Equine assisted learning is most often used in the group setting to address necessary skills to support self-awareness and recovery such as communication, team work, trust and problem solving.
Equine is effective with various issues including depression, anxiety, trauma and attention deficit disorders. As with all experiential work, processing begins in the arena but continues through a patient’s stay as they continue to address barriers to their recovery.
and each patient works an individualized care plan to meet his or her distinct needs. On a typical day treatment schedules begin at 7AM and last until about 10PM.