Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) utilizes a team approach that includes a licensed Mental Health Professional, an Equine Specialist, and horses working together with individual and couples in an arena at all times.
When inside the arena, all the work is done on the ground with the horses front and center, deliberately unhindered and never ridden, and allowed to interact with the client as they wish. This creates the space for the client, with the support of the professional team, to reflect, project, and make deep connections.
The Eagala Model is effective because it embraces the science that humans learn best by doing. The model prescribes a hands-on approach where clients are given the space to project and analyze their situations, make connections, and find their own solutions. Since the solutions are personally experienced in conjunction with intellectual understanding, they tend to be deeper, more profound, and longer lasting.