What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)?


Equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is a form of experimental therapy that involves interaction between clients and horses. Sally will observe and interact with the client in order to identify behaviour patterns and process thoughts and emotions. This process helps the clients learn about themselves and others, while processing or discussing the client's feelings, behaviours, and patterns. Sally as a qualified counsellor can deepen the experience and support the client on a deeper level.




What does EAP involve?


After a check in and safety talk the session may include several offers for the client to interact with the horse/s. These may include observing the herd, being mindful with the horses, meeting, grooming and ground exercises such haltering, touching, leading, boundary experiments and making obstacles and inviting the horses to walk through them.




What are the benefits of EAP?


Ability to work with beautiful, magical horses, in the fresh air and in nature and not inside. Ability to say things to a horse that they possibly could not to humans- in a safe way. Ability to touch the horse and the horse can touch the client-with mutual respect. Ability to develop a sense of trust through interaction with the horse and with nature. Ability to explore boundaries and develop a sense of safety. Ability to experience and learn new things, for example: problem solving, flexibility, independence, confidence, communication, assertive skills, boundaries. Ability to discover more self-awareness.

Generally the goal is to help the client in social, emotional, cognitive, or behavioural ways.




How is EAP Facilitated?


Sally can work one on one with clients, or in a group (maximum of 6 participants for the safety of the clients and the horses).

One of sessions include:

Learning to be mindful in nature - great to build personal awareness and resilience in times of stress.

Team building - offers several activities with the horses to build team morale, improve relationships and help overcome potential future challenges- can be tailored to meet your organisation/business.

Building Confidence – This session will be tailored to the client and their needs.




Who can benefit from EAP?


EAP is a great way to develop self awareness and approach day to day activities and challenges.

EAP has good success rates with:

Anxiety.

Depression.

PTSD.

Addiction.

Building self-kindness.

Mood disorders.

Learning difficulties.

Eating disorders.

Mood Disorders.

ADD/ADHD.

Trauma.




I am afraid of horses. Can I still benefit from this type of therapy?


Absolutely! Working within Black Beauty’s supportive environment, it is your fear that may prove especially effective in breaking through old patterns and revealing important insights. No prior knowledge of horses and/or horsemanship is necessary, by the way.




Do I need a professional referral for services?


No, anyone can call our offices to discuss whether Equine Therapy is right for them.




What should I wear to participate in an EAL session?


Obviously, you wouldn’t want to show up at our barn in your finest designer clothing, but do dress comfortably, and dress to fit the weather. Due to our unpredictable climate, we advise dressing in layers. Sessions might start out at one temperature but become much cooler or warmer as they progress. Closed in shoes are required along with a wide brim hat, and please apply sunscreen before you arrive, is recommended as well( although we do provide sunscreen).




Is Equine Assisted Learning and Therapy covered by insurance?


Sally Morley is a qualified counsellor registered with the Australian counselling member number 8085, Sally has also been approved as a registered provider with NDIS providing therapeutic services and can offer EAL for those clients with a self-managed plan.





Frequently Asked Questions

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