HORSES TREAT, LLC is an equine assisted psychotherapy program.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. At HORSES TREAT, we aim to improve the human strengths within a person that will help them cope with and manage today’s stressors, and to give them the tools to live their lives to their full potential.
HORSES TREAT stands for:
Equine Assisted Therapy brings together a licensed therapist, a horse professional, a horse or horses, and a patient or patients (and sometimes their family members) to address treatment goals
- Participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns.
- This approach has been compared to the ropes courses used by therapists, treatment facilities, and human development courses around the world. But EAP has the added advantage of utilizing horses, which are dynamic and powerful living beings.
- In contrast to the ropes, there are relational issues that develop between horses and people, and between horses and other horses, that can be important to the therapeutic process.
Not all “Equine therapy” programs or programs that use horses practice Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
- In the U.S. licensed mental health professionals need to be involved in providing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
- The focus of EAP is not riding or horsemanship.
- The focus of EAP involves setting up activities involving the horses which will require the client or group to apply certain skills. Non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking and problem-solving, leadership, work, taking responsibility, teamwork and relationships, confidence, and attitude are several examples of the tools utilized and developed by EAP.
- EAP is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families, and groups.
- EAP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, PTSD, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs.