Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is an emerging field in which horses are used as a tool for emotional growth and learning. It is experiential in nature in that individuals learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with horses and then discuss feelings, behaviors, and patterns. EAP is useful as an adjunct to traditional talk therapy and is used as such by the therapists at North Georgia Counseling Group.
The focus of EAP is not horsemanship and does not require you to have horse experience or even like horses for that matter. The focus of EAP involves setting up activities involving horses which will require the individual or group to apply certain skills such as: non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking/problem solving, leadership, taking responsibility, teamwork, relationship building, confidence, and positive attitude. It is a brief approach that successfully addresses a variety of mental health needs including: behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, abuse issues, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs.
If you are interested in using Equine Assisted Psychotherapy as a part of your counseling process, please contact (please visit each counselor's page to see areas of specialty)