Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is an experiential therapeutic practice that uses horses as a way to help clients learn about themselves, heal from trauma, and grow emotionally. Clients will interact with horses in a variety of activities (such as grooming, feeding or leading through obstacles) and work with a therapist who specializes in EAP to discuss and analyze their behaviors and feelings. In EAP therapy, the client works with the horse from the ground (no riding), so previous experience around horses is not necessary. The bond that can develop between horses and people can be very restorative and EAP is used to treat everything from depression, anxiety, ADD, addiction, behavioral issues and abuse, to communication issues and relationship problems.

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Marie McMahon (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MA, NCC, EAGALA

I am a certified provider of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, and it is my pleasure to bring horses into therapy sessions. They are co-therapists; utilizing their natural instincts and capacity for emotional attunement and regulation to support our own growth and awareness.

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Sabrina Walters (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT, LPC, Certified Gottman Therapist

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is a new model for the treatment of many issues and has been found in recent research studies to help people with anxiety and depression by interactions with horses on the ground (vs. riding). Horses have mirror neurons which they use to mirror the emotions of the people working with them. This is an interactive, movement-based therapy excellent for all ages.

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