What are Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)?
Not all therapy using horses involves riding. Unlike therapeutic riding, EAGALA teaches Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) which instead focus on experiential, ground-based activities. The EAGALA treatment team (a Mental Health Professional and Equine Specialist) works with the client in creative horse-centered activities designed to address specific treatment goals, producing spectacular results. Often during a session, the horse or experience can initiate an “Aha” moment that impacts that client’s way of thinking or behaving. After the session, the client takes away key experiences and can begin to make lifelong changes.
The EAGALA Model is unique because it utilizes a team approach and focuses on ground-based activities. In addition, EAGALA’s approach is solution-oriented and adheres to a professional code of ethics. The EAGALA Model is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families and groups. EAP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication challenges.
2011 EAGALA Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association