Equine Assisted Therapy
“When God created the horse, he said to the magnificent creature: I have made thee as no other. All the treasures of the earth shall lie between thy eyes.”
What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Coaching?
Equine Assisted Growth and Learning (whether it be therapy, coaching, or professional development), inspires people of all ages to make significant emotional, cognitive and behavioral change. It is an excellent tool for enhancing resilience, performance, empathy and emotional intelligence, creativity, relationships, advocacy, and self-efficacy. It also serves as a powerful shortcut in the treatment of anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma and grief.
Horses are prey animals and hyper-sensitive to their environment. This sensitivity allows them to respond and often mirror human emotions in an obvious and non-judgmental fashion. Simply put, horses don’t have an agenda; they just tell it like it is. When horses communicate through their actions, people respond.
In addition, while we are in the pasture where we work, people behave in much the same manner as they do in their daily lives. They bring their mind, body, and spirit into the session in a way that is not always possible when using conventional talk therapy. This environment allows for deep and effective work to take place in a short amount of time. To date, all of our clients have left the farm having gained deep insight into themselves and often a profound sense of peace. To learn more, please read Equine Assisted Psychotherapy: What to Expect in a Therapy Session with Horses.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy can be done as a stand-alone therapy or in conjunction with our counseling services in the office. If you already have a therapist we can also collaborate with them to best serve you. EAP sessions are a particularly powerful and efficient way to work on intrapersonal and intrapersonal issues. Sometimes just one or two equine sessions is transformative.
Equine Therapy at Hearts and Horses
Amani provides equine assisted growth and learning sessions at Amani Farm in Northeast Fort Collins, Hearts and Horses in Loveland, and at Sylvandale Ranch in Loveland, Colorado. Sessions include both horseback and work on the ground.
Jill, an EAGALA certified therapist and Equine Specialist, works with other certified practitioners and educational consultants to promote safety and growth. She combines techniques from the teachings of the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) with concepts of classical horsemanship to provide clients with a unique and powerful experience tailored to meet their individual needs.
Jill has been around horses her entire life and her experience and intuition inform her ability to serve clients. All of this combined with the lovely herd, beautiful setting, and richness of the natural world makes this work invaluable.
We work with clients of all ages, families, individuals, and groups. No prior horse experience is needed and you don’t even have to like horses to benefit and enjoy the experience. We are adept at developing powerful programs tailored to your specific desire for growth and learning.
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