EFP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioural issues, ADD (attention deficit disorder, PTSD(post-traumatic stress disorder), substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, anti-bullying issues, leadership and team development. It is ideally suited to help people with past stress and trauma situations.Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) incorporates horses experientially for mental and behavioural health therapy and personal development. It is a collaborative effort between a therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals.
EFP is experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviours, and patterns. This approach has been compared to the boot camp type courses used by therapists, treatment facilities, and human development courses around the world. But EFP has the added advantage of utilizing horses, dynamic and powerful living beings.
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy has nothing to do with riding or horsemanship. The focus of EFP involves setting up ground activities involving the horses which will require the client or group to apply certain skills. Non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking and problem-solving, leadership, work, taking responsibility, teamwork and relationships, confidence, and attitude are several examples of the tools utilized and developed by EfP.
EfP is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families, and groups. EFP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioural issues, attention deficit disorder, PTSD, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs.
The horses prey nature and intense sensitivity to subtle changes in their environment make them perfect partners to teach a wide range of life and coping skills.
The concept that horses are healing to people struggling with life issues is based on horses (as domesticated prey animals) being extremely sensitive to changes in the human being (as a predatory creature). Due to their sensitivity, horses react and respond to people differently based upon the person’s emotional state. Since we know that emotional states in human beings also impact our physiology, it only makes sense that horses can smell or sense (using their vomeronasal organ) those changes. The horse acts as a large mirror providing the client and the therapist with instant information regarding the client’s moods and changes within those moods. If a client arrives anxious the horse will act and respond one way. If the client is able to reduce his or her anxiety, the horse’s behaviours will also change. This provides a plethora of information and skill building opportunities for clients.
In an educational setting, horses and the lifestyle that goes along with maintaining horses, provides opportunities to teach critical life and communication skills. Horses mostly use non-vocal communication and thus are wonderful teachers to help us better understand and learn how our non-verbal communication might be impacting or influencing others in our lives. Horses also demand that we are aware of our surroundings at all times. In order to stay safe around horses we must be observant and present in our bodies. We have to listen to each other and to the horses. We have to stay focused and attentive. To care for horses takes dedication, time, and effort and our clients can learn a strong work ethic that may transition back into their daily lives. Furthermore, clients gain self-esteem and self-confidence while learning how to work with such a large and powerful creature. In all, horses provide us with a way to see our internal landscape and modes of operation exposed. They offer us humility, compassion, and challenge – all critical elements to supporting self-growth and self-awareness.
All Equine programs can be worked in conjunction with our various other programs.
Equine Facilitated is available at our Equine Property at Tinbeerwah.
Initial Session is 1.5 hours Cost $240
4 Week Course $768 (save $192.00)
6 Week Course $1080 (save $360.00)
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