EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY
Contrary to popular belief, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is not therapy for horses. Nor is EAP ‘horse whispering’. It is a form of psychotherapy for people in which horses play the pivotal role.
Horsewisdom offers the model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy as taught at the Equine Psychotherapy Institute (EPI). We believe this Institute offers the most comprehensive training and certification in EAP available in Australia and arguably in the world. “As a young and emerging field of practice, it is The Equine Psychotherapy Institute’s mission to offer a Training Pathway founded on a coherent and comprehensive Psychotherapy Model of ‘Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning’.
The intention is to raise the standard of Training and Practice across the World. The EPI Model is therefore theoretically comprehensive and unrivaled in its Psychotherapeutic sophistication. This model provides a professional and innovative approach to Counselling, Psychotherapy and Mental Health – an approach that supports clients of all ages in addressing therapeutic goals, with the horses acting as assistants and teachers.” The model’s underpinning theories are Gestalt & Buddhist Psychotherapy as well as contemporary trauma practices such as Somatic Experiencing. For more information visit the EPI website www.equinepsychotherapy.net.au
People seek EAP for a number of reasons. Some are motivated to explore themselves, seeking personal development and spiritual growth. Others may have experienced significant trauma or abuse. Some may be seeking assistance to work through grief. At Horsewisdom we offer services that can assist with issues such as depression, anxiety, substance addiction and issues around self-esteem. No issue is too big or too small.
We offer EAP sessions to both individuals and to groups, to children, adults, families & organisations. EAP sessions occur in the paddock so it’s important that you wear ‘closed-toe shoes’ and that you’re prepared for all weather – “Rain, Hail or Shine”. In this fast-paced-world some of us may have lost connection with ‘Mother Nature’. Being out in the elements with horses is integral to EAP! The sessions are safe both physically and emotionally as our troop has been very carefully vetted and chosen for this work. Your EAP therapist has great experience with horses and will be with you at all times. EAP is not ‘horse riding’. We conduct the sessions from the ground but -if appropriate – we can offer mounted sessions.