EQUINE ASSISTED COUNSELING
“TALK” THERAPY ALTERNATIVE
In an effort to touch more lives and further expand the type of mental health therapy that Flatwater provides access to, we fund family and individual Equine Assisted Counseling sessions. These sessions are intended to act as an alternative to traditional “talk” therapy. EAC is considered an experiential type of therapy where insights are discovered in real time while interacting with a horse. Experiential therapies have been shown to be more effective than talk therapy at times.
Equine Assisted Counseling (EAC), also called Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), is a form of counseling that incorporates horses within a therapeutic environment supporting emotional growth and healing. Licensed therapists and equine professionals work together with clients and horses to address and collaborate on treatment goals. Sessions are guided by our “hands on” (or experiential) model. In other words, clients learn about themselves naturally through horse-related activities and interactions, and then discuss any thoughts, feelings, body sensations, or behavior and relational patterns that arise.
EAC ADDRESSES THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
- Healing from trauma
- Grief & loss
- The role of trust in forming new relationships or repairing conflicts in relationships
- Self-awareness and self-reflection
- Personal growth and life skill development
- Leadership and effective communication skills
- How to objectively reflect on patterns of behavior and understand how these behaviors impact other areas of your life
WHY HORSES?Horses only have the ability to live in the present. They do not have the ability to worry about the future or the past. They are non-judgmental beings who like to connect with humans who are authentic, congruent, and regulated. Horses have the ability to teach us how to have healthy relationships with ourselves and others that are safe, attuned, and connected. The relationship principles that are used when connecting to a horse are the same as when connecting to a human. In many cases, clients feel safer connecting with a horse prior to connecting with a human after experiencing trauma when relearning how to have healthy relationships.
The Psychotherapy Solution was designed to help cancer survivors and their loved ones find the strength to meet the challenges of a cancer diagnosis through psychotherapy.