Horses are large and powerful animals, creating a natural opportunity for girls to overcome fears, while developing positive self-esteem. When self-esteem is increased, it often results in decreased desire for destructive behavior patterns. Equine Therapy addresses a variety of symptomatic behavioral issues, such as:
Founded by the Equine Growth and Learning Association, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is an Evidence Based Practice that is very effective in many treatment settings.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy with White Horse Programs is an Experiential Model of therapy, which rarely involves horseback riding. Client and horse arena activities, which teach delayed gratification, often require the client or group to apply certain skills in reaching specific goals, such as non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, and problem solving.
Clients also obtain leadership skills, good work ethics, responsibility, confidence, positive attitude, family appreciation, as well as teamwork, communication and relationship building.
Working with therapeutic horses provides individuals, families, and groups with honest, non-judgmental insight.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Model Sessions include:
* Team Approach / On the Ground / Experiential / Solution Goal Focused
* One or more Mental Health Professionals
* One or more Horse Professionals
* One or more Horses
S - Shifts in Behaviors
P - Patterns
U - Unique Events
D - Discrepancies (verbal or non-verbal)
'S - Our "Stuff"
(transference or counter-transference)