At Equulibrium®, we offer EAP as an integral part of our program. EAP is an experiential mode of psychotherapy 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. We incorporate movement, art, and sharing discussions in group sessions. The purpose of the activities is to provide an experiential intervention with immediate feedback.
Our groups can be open or closed just as in a traditional mental health setting. Some of the groups we currently host are involved with treatment in:
- Drug Addiction
- Domestic Violence
- Co-Occurring Disorders
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and the Substance Abuse Client
Substance abuse clients have a knack for expressing themselves when it comes to their thoughts or intellectualizing a situation, yet when asked, “How do you feel in this moment?” they are often at a loss for words. This interferes with client’s ability to make connections, form relationships and experience intimacy with others. Horses are always in the moment and it has been said that a horse is the mirror reflecting our feelings and/or our intentions.
Equulibrium’s® EAP Program is a complementary addition to a treatment facility’s program. Enhancing each client’s treatment journey by contributing to self-awareness of destructive behavioral patterns as well as discovering their authentic self with the wisdom of the herd, clients are able to explore healthier options. We offer optional onsite follow-up through Creative Healing™ creating a cohesive therapeutic bridge connecting your treatment center’s program format with Equulibrium’s®. Our anecdotal research has shown working as a team for the betterment of the client imprints longterm opportunities of change.
In the context of working with the horses, clients are able to rebuild trust and explore a deep connection with themselves, which can be transferred into human relationships. Entering the “arena of life” becomes a metaphor in which participants are invited to connect with their core strengths while becoming courageously vulnerable. The horse’s non-judgmental nature enhances a therapeutic environment geared towards facilitating internal alignment, balance, and self-efficacy.
Participants will often achieve shifts in perception regarding their relationships and the way they have looked at life in the past. Recognizing negative thoughts and unhealthy patterns of behavior they may realize their possible options in the process. Clients are encouraged to bring back their newfound insights to the treatment facility and thus continue to use them as part of their healing journey.