Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is a type of therapy that uses horses to help people work through emotional and mental health challenges. It can be helpful for people of all ages, including young adults and children.
During EAP sessions, you will work with a therapist and a horse or horses under the guidance of a trained equine specialist. You may be asked to do activities with the horse, such as grooming or leading it through an obstacle course. The therapist will use the horse's responses and your interactions with the horse to help you learn more about yourself and your relationships.
EAP can be especially helpful for people who have trouble expressing themselves or connecting with others. Working with a horse can provide a unique opportunity to practice communication and problem-solving skills in a non-judgmental environment. It can also help you learn to better manage your emotions and develop greater self-awareness.
EAP is well-documented in helping people process trauma, skill-building for ASD and ADHD, build confidence and express emotion where talk therapies might not be effective.
If you are interested in trying EAP, you should know that it is a safe and effective way to work on your mental health. It can be a fun and rewarding experience, and many people find that it helps them feel more confident and capable of handling life's challenges.