Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)


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Available for individuals, groups, families and company team building. EAP is a collaborative therapeutic approach that allows participants to learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horse that explore feelings, thoughts and behaviors. Here at FAAAS, we employ The EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) Treatment Model, a distinctive experiential framework designed to allow our clients to discover, learn and grow by engaging the unique intuitive power of horses to help them identify and practice the changes they want to make. EAGALA (www.eagala.org) is recognized the world over as the gold standard for mental health professionals practicing equine-assisted psychotherapy.

Under the EAGALA Model, both a registered, credentialed Mental Health Professional and a certified Equine Specialist work together at all times to ensure each client receives the therapeutic attention and guidance to explore, process and solve their specific challenges in a safe, supportive environment. Built on the premise that it is the client who can best determine the life changes they need to make in order to improve their lives, the job of the treatment team is to put the EAGALA Model to work to meet eachclient’s goals. 

Who Can Benefit?

EAP can be employed either as an adjunct to conventional therapy or on its own to address:

  • Behavioral Issues
  • Substance Abuse
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • ADHD & ADD
  • Eating Disorders
  • PTSD
  • Emotional Disabilities
  • Abuse & Neglect Issues
  • Relationship Problems
  • Parenting
  • Anger Management

 

Programs Utilizing EAP

V.E.T.S (Veteran Equine Therapy Services)

Our V.E.T.S. Program is community-based, client-centered and solution-oriented. It is open to military veterans, first responders, families and children for whom conventional therapies alone have not produced satisfactory, sustainable results. The over-arching goal of the V.E.T.S Program is to offer a comprehensive therapeutic experience for those suffering from PTSD and other psychological and physiological disorders. The effects of PTSD on the brain are deeply seeded and extremely complex. Affecting nearly every facet of the mind including emotional, psychological and physical responses, they can rarely be treated separately. When the brain is exposed to consistent trauma as in war and combat, it locks-in the thoughts, fears, images and emotions of that trauma long after combat is over. This is why the action-based, experiential approach of EAP is proving to be so effective in treating post-traumatic stress and related disorders.

Acknowledging that the same hyper-vigilant mental state that serves to enhance a soldier’s awareness and abilities in war can destroy the returning warrior, our goal is to promote healing and recovery by addressing the cognitive, physical and emotional symptoms of PTSD in the therapeutic process. Our V.E.T.S. Scholarship Fund is available to assist uninsured military veterans, first responders and their families by defraying the cost of treatment. For information on available assistance, please email us here. 

Paw Meadows Animal Assisted Therapy

Through our partnership with PAW Meadows LLC, we are pleased to offer the EAGALA Model as a treatment option for civilian members of our community onsite at FAAAS. For more information on this and other mental health services available through PAW Meadows LLC please go to pawmeadowsllc.com


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