Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Using the EAGALA Model for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Equine Healing Solutions offers 60 or 90 minute sessions for individuals, couples, groups, and families. We also offer half-day and full-day sessions
EAP at Equine Healing Solutions
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, at-risk youth, couples, families, and groups, as well as on active duty military and veterans. EAP addresses a variety of mental health and behavioral challenges ranging from autism, PTSD, sexual abuse, trauma, addiction, ADHD, eating disorders, depression, anger management, anxiety, boundary issues, relationship problems, effective communication, resiliency, and reintegration.
“Because of their size, acute sensitivity and history with humans, horses have a unique appeal worldwide, helping clients become more engaged in the therapeutic process,” said Lynn Thomas, EAGALA’s Executive Director and co-founder. “The EAGALA Model has a solution-focused, client-centered approach, believing clients have the best solutions for themselves when given the opportunity to discover them. Coupled with the nonverbal nature and appeal of horses, the Model has expanded globally crossing cultures and languages and addressing issues indigenous to a respective population,” she added.
Horse therapy, according to a growing number of mental health professionals, can be a productive addition to talk therapy. According to the RAND report (April 2008), nearly 20 percent of military service members who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan — 300,000 in all — report symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder or major depression, yet only slightly more than half have sought treatment. “Horses are the best therapists for many veterans, because most vets don’t want talk therapy,” says Julie Giove Sardonia, MA, LMFT, a therapist in California. “Healing happens in nature, especially for the military. Equine sessions, as opposed to traditional talk therapy, are more impactful and shorten treatment time. A soldier’s relationship with a horse can provide emotional insights and self-understanding,” she concluded. Many people whom are not veterans, often have the same positive results for the same reasons.
Equine Healing Solutions’ team is composed of licensed social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, equine specialists and horses who work in tandem with referring clinicians to achieve the highest efficacy in treatment.
Programs take place on premises unless off-site sessions are requested. Additional fees may apply for transport.
To learn more about programs available at Equine Healing Solutions
Equine Healing Solutions 509 Mount Leopard Road Flora, MS (601) 362-2224 Tim@equinehealingsolutions.com