Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT)
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
- 30 min30 minutes
- starting at $120starting at $120
Therapeutic Riding was introduced to the United States and Canada in 1960 with the formation of the Community Association of Riding of the Disabled (CARD). In the United States riding for the disabled developed as a form of recreation and as a means of motivation for education, as well as its therapeutic benefits not only for those with disabilities. Animals can offer an extraordinary amount of emotional support. Beyond the pet-owner relationship that many of us have lovingly experienced, animals are sometimes used in therapeutic settings to help clients navigate challenging emotional experiences that many can not or wish not to verbalize in traditional therapeutic services. Equine-assisted psychotherapy incorporates horses into the therapeutic process. People engage in activities such as grooming, feeding, and leading a horse while being supervised by a mental health professional. Equine Therapy can help the individual build confidence, self- efficiency, communication, trust, perspective, social skills, impulse control, and learn boundaries. Since the horses have similar behaviors with humans, such as social and responsive behaviors, it is easy for the patients to create a connection with the horse. Goals of this form of therapy including helping people develop skills such as emotional regulation, self-confidence, and responsibility. With mature horses weighing anywhere in the range of 900 to 2,000 pounds or more, it might feel a bit intimidating to have such a large, majestic creature participating in your therapy sessions. However, equine-assisted therapy is growing in popularity due to its proven experiential approach, and some burgeoning evidence of its effectiveness. Our Service Provider and Therapist takes insurances and we are excited to offer this incredible opportunity and therapeutic service to our members. For More information regarding bookings and insurance coverage requirements please contact our Service Provider Sara Gonen-Ruza (954) 881-8661.