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Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)

Equine assisted therapy (EAP) involves an experiential approach to therapy and supports clients of all ages. In EAP, clients are offered experiences with horses that are safe physically and emotionally where they can explore their boundaries, personal awareness, safety, and relationship patterns.
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About Equine Assisted Therapy

Equine assisted therapy (EAP) involves an experiential approach to therapy and supports clients of all ages. In EAP, clients are offered experiences with horses that are safe physically and emotionally where they can explore their boundaries, personal awareness, safety, and relationship patterns.

The focus or aim is to explore and support therapeutic change and personal growth/development for the individual client, developing psychological and social skills and addressing therapeutic goals clients have identified. The horses act as a resource to support therapeutic change.

Why use horses in a therapeutic manner

Horses are very sensitive to people’s behaviour and respond differently to subtle changes in an individual’s mood and/or behaviour. They provide people with a frequency and consistency of responses that are immediate and authentic. They offer unique and honest feedback, which helps people understand how they influence, create, and maintain relationships.

  • Horses can elicit strong feelings and emotions in people. They provide the opportunity to explore these feelings/emotions when they arise.
  • Emotions such as fear, anxiety, panic, sadness, grief, anger, rage, happiness, and joy may be evoked when being around the horses.
  • Horses also model awareness, safety and survival.
  • Horses offer unique feedback to how clients behave around them.
  • Horses model relationships through their interactions with one another.

What to Expect

The first session may involve history taking and paperwork (filling out consent forms etc.). It may also involve discussions around safety with horses and how Equine Assisted Therapy works.

Sessions may occur in the paddock, in a round yard, or in the stable. There may be one or more horses participating in the session.

There will be a therapist with you at all times guiding and supporting you practically and therapeutically as you interact with the horse/s and undertake equine assisted therapeutic activities.

Sessions may vary and include any of the following:

  • Horse observations
  • Meeting horses at liberty (loose in the paddock)
  • Working on the ground activities and or leading a horse  
  • Grooming and exploring touch with the horse
  • Creative activities with horses and much more

What is Equine Therapy Used to treat?

Equine Assisted Therapy may be used to assist in the treatment of personal and psychological concerns such as:

  • PTSD
  • ASD behaviours
  • Eating Disorders
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Stress
  • ADD and ADHD symptoms
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Attachment issues
  • Substance abuse and addictions
  • Bullying
  • Help you overcome boundary issues
  • Improve relationship dynamics
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-confidence / self-worth concern

What are some of the benefits of EAP?

Equine Assisted Therapy can provide many benefits to the person. These can include:

Emotional and psychological benefits

  • Emotional awareness and affect regulation
  • Stress tolerance
  • Reducing stress
  • Body awareness and learning to listen to the body.
  • Mindfulness: observing your thinking mind and choosing your responses to thoughts.

Social skills and relationship benefits

  • Improved social skills
  • Empathy and relationship skills
  • Boundary setting
  • Meaningful connection

Personal resilience and cognitive skills

  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Increased attention
  • Problem solving
  • Revealing inner resources (leadership, compassion, bravery) and choosing new stories and self-narratives that are useful and positive.

Other benefits

  • Promoting movement and activity
  • Connection with nature
Stormy is a shy little guy and is working on developing his self confidence amongst people. He is often curious and enjoys being around people once he feels comfortable. Stormy has a crazy mop of hair and a very soft muzzle.
Betty Boo is a sweet mare, with a gentle, calm, and patient nature. Betty Boo enjoys being groomed and fussed over. Betty Boo has beautiful blue eyes.

Equine Assisted Therapy Sessions are held at:

The Wagon Stop Wellness Farm is situated in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland at Beechmont, just 30min from Nerang. You will be surrounded by nature and supported by the incredible herd of horses.  Address: 1320, Beechmont Road, Beechmont 4211 , https://www.thewagonstop.com.au/ .

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