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EAGALA Programs

Horses4Healing encompasses our tailored, progressive Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) programs that incorporate interaction with horses to address mental health and personal development needs following the EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) model. All of our EAGALA sessions are conducted by a therapeutic team consisting of a credentialed Mental Health Professional, an Equine Specialist, and one or more horses. Each of our clinical staff members is certified by EAGALA, the global standard for equine assisted therapy.

EAGALA model EAP and EAL sessions utilize a different approach than other therapeutic horsemanship programs in that the clients do not ride. In fact, the horses play a completely different role in the therapeutic process. The goal of EAP and EAL is for clients to interact with horses from the ground, observe the horses’ reactions to them and then identify ways these reactions could be metaphors for something going on in the client’s life.

"The Eagala Model is a distinct experience-based, team-approach framework designed to empower clients to analyze their situations, make connections, and find their own solutions through personal and physical experiences." - from the EAGALA Website

People of all ages may face problems in daily life resulting from traumas, abuse, stress and/or developmental, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges. But traditional therapies -- such as talk therapy in an office setting -- do not reach everyone.

Both EAP and EAL work at establishing a profound bond between humans and horses through nonverbal interaction. Activities with horses are designed to reflect life issues, allowing the client(s) and therapist to uncover through action and reflection where problems exist, and find workable solutions. Through this progressive, non-traditional approach, clients quickly recognize unhealthy patterns and enact new behaviors.

EAGALA Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an deep impact on individuals, youth, families, and groups. EAP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, PTSD, trauma, grief and loss, substance abuse, depression, anxiety and life transitions. EAP is also effective in helping heal relationship problems and improving communication. The Treatment Team works together to identify where the client is in his/her treatment plan and creates activities that best address treatment goals. EAP is often an alternative for those who have reached a plateau or who may feel disconnected during traditional therapy sessions.

EAGALA Equine Assisted Learning

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is similar to EAP, but its attention hones in on education, personal growth and developing specific life skills. EAL still involves the team of mental health professional and horse professional working with the clients and horses. The focus however is on learning specific skills as defined by the individual or group, such as effective communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, problem-solving, leadership, taking responsibility, teamwork, and confidence. EAL is effective for individuals as well as a variety of groups, such as professional associations, company employees, school classes, and sports teams.

Horses4Healing offers a range of EAP and EAL program options that may be designed as either breakthrough or longer-term therapies, and implemented as either an adjunct/co-therapy or a stand-alone alternative to traditional talk therapy treatment.

Our programs are tailored to meet individual client challenges and needs, with focuses including:

  • Anti-bullying

  • Self-esteem and confidence building

  • PTSD

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Attention deficit disorders

  • Family dynamics

  • Grief and loss

  • Suicide prevention/intervention

  • Social behavioral concerns

  • Domestic violence

  • Child abuse

  • Sexual abuse

  • Anger management

  • Autism

  • Developmental and learning disabilities

  • Collaboration and teamwork development

  • Leadership growth and empowerment