Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
“Therapists seek to create contact with clients.
Contact over time creates connection.
Connection over time creates relationship.
Relationship over time creates intimacy.
This relationship is the core of therapy; after all, what is injured in relationship is only healed in relationship.”
—Duey Freeman, co-founder of the Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is an experiential therapeutic modality that has been demonstrated to be effective in treating a variety of mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. And it has been shown to be effective in treating individuals who have not benefitted from traditional talk therapy. Research on EAP indicates that clients who participate in EAP are more independent, self-supportive, build confidence, trust, assertiveness, self-esteem, self-control, and experience less guilt, regrets, and resentments.