Equine sessions are primarily non-mounted but mounted activities are also included. Equine activities are specifically designed to achieve treatment goals. We incorporate movement, art, sound and discussion in our sessions. The purpose of the activities is to provide an experiential intervention with immediate feedback in order to help the patient embody their experience and therefore reinforce shifts in perception, attitude and behavior.
Family Therapy (Equine Assisted Family Therapy)
When working with a family and incorporating the horses, we base our interventions on a system’s approach. The family is seen as a “complex system” and the issues are brought to the therapy session with the purpose of helping the family members become aware of their dynamics and help them improve their relationships. Equine Assisted Family Therapy (EAFT) is facilitated by a licensed mental health professional who applies client centered clinical model to the EAFT sessions. Marrying EAFT with the systemic and relational ideas of traditional family therapy, the clients have the ability to process their experience as the expert of their own lives. EAFT empowers the family to discover empowerment through the way of the horse.
As is most psychotherapy models, it is the ethical responsibility of the therapist to be properly trained in these modalities and to have the adequate horse training in order to include horses.
Group Therapy (Equine Assisted Group Therapy)
At Equulibrium®, we offer Equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) for the group setting. EAP is an experiential mode of psychotherapy with horses, delivered by a licensed mental health professional and a team of experts. The equine activities are primarily non-mounted but mounted activities are also included. Equine activities are specifically designed to achieve treatment goals and by incorporating movement, art, and sharing discussions in group sessions Equulibrium® encourages the participants to achieve whole heartedness. The purpose of the activities is to provide an experiential intervention with immediate feedback in order to help participants embody their experience, reinforcing their connection with self and others..
Our program provides a non-judgmental, person centered, humanistic approach that simultaneously challenges and supports the participants. Because of their nature, horses live in the moment; when we partner up with them, a deep connection develops and we begin to open up to the possibility of experiencing a relationship. Healing is achieved by treating the whole person; reconnecting them with the world, nature, animals, and most importantly with themselves.
Our groups can be open or closed as they would be run in a regular mental health setting. Some of the groups currently being held in the facility are:
- Domestic Violence
- Cancer Survivors
- Women's empowerment
Individual psychotherapy sessions are offered to clients who are seeking an intervention that will help them cope with life’s stresses. The sessions may or may not include the horses; depending on the needs of the client, they can be seen in an office, outdoors, or in the company of one or more horses.