Equine Assisted Therapy

Equine assisted psychotherapy works to increase insight, identify individual patterns and build emotional intelligence

Cumberland Heights Equine Assisted Therapy

Many times, Horses respond and interact with human-like emotions.
Many times, Horses respond and interact with human-like emotions.

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.

The participant is able to draw parallels and metaphors from their experience then transfer it to practical application to their recovery journey.
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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.

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Your gift to Cumberland Heights through our annual and capital initiates gives immediate support to patients and their families. To make a longer term impact a gift to the endowment fund will provide patient assistance funding for years to come.