Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
We are currently pursuing further training in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) through Natural Lifemanship. This organization has put together the most complete package of how working with horses can actually restore significant effects of trauma, including detrimental brain development due to chronic trauma in early childhood years. The designers of this program have studied under and put together information from some of the best minds in the world of brain science today. In short, the connection that is established with the horse through "ground work" like grooming is combined with rhythmic riding to rebuild brain circuitry and connections that were not developed properly or fully. Through this foundational work, clients report new abilities to manage their lives positively.
As of January, 2018, I relocated my office and have begun offering EAP with our horses following the Natural Lifemanship model. The response has been good and we have started to see healing and breakthrough in clients' lives and functioning.
In EAP, therapy not only involves the horse, but also includes an equine professional (EP), whose jobs are to keep everyone safe and to help interpret the actions of the horse. My wife is certified to act in this capacity and is a full member of the treatment team for clients who pursue EAP.