Equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is offered onsite in individual or group session format. This is a ground-based (no riding) experiential therapy in which clients can explore their own feelings, thoughts, and experiences metaphorically through the horses. Horses have the ability to mirror human emotions, which makes them excellent therapists! The therapeutic sessions are facilitated by a mental health professional and an equine specialist, who work as a team to support clients throughout the therapeutic process. Their primary function is to observe, assist clients in processing interactions with the horse, at times suggest structured activities, and to keep clients safe. The horses are an equal part of the therapeutic team and function as the primary therapists.
Sessions are scheduled with flexibility, based on the season and weather, and typically last 1 – 1.5 hours, although group sessions can last as long as 2 hours. Clients may schedule as many sessions as needed, or come only once. We believe that clients provide their own solutions to problems as they interact with the horses and learn about themselves. It is not necessary to have any experience with horses prior to participation in equine therapy. Our program is designed to serve individuals (adults and children 7 or older), couples, families, and groups up to 7 people. The program adheres to strict ethical standards as outlined by the American Counseling Association and EAGALA. Our program is fully insured, and safety is our number one priority! For more information regarding EAP and the EAGALA model, click here:
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in the Memphis Area
Hope Enrichment Center
7300 W. College Dr. Suite 203
Palos Heights, IL 60463