Most psychotherapies are focused on verbal
content while Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) emphasizes
the non-verbal components that come up
naturally when working with horses.
In traditional therapy, it can take many sessions for
the therapist to come to the point that they can
comfortably provide you with the kind of feedback that
horses provide in your first meeting. Therapists often
note how some issues that can take weeks or months to
be addressed in long-term talk therapy, often come to
a resolution within a few short sessions with EAP.
Unlike typical psychotherapy, EAP allows you to make
changes in behavioral patterns “in the moment.”
EAP takes you out of your element and challenges your
conception of what therapy should be, making it easier
to let down your guard and simply interact with the
horses. Horses, the outdoor element, and the
experiential side of doing EAP activities, all combine
to engage you
in different ways than what might take place in a
typical office “talk therapy” setting.
The nature of EAP offers space for you to make self
discoveries and realizations that seem to be more
effective than being guided to these decisions by a
therapist in an office setting. Many
people learn and change by experience and “doing” as
opposed to only “talking”.
differs from traditional psychotherapy in that your
goals and experiences are determined by you and your
therapist, as opposed to limits set by an insurance
Insurance companies have a set of expectations
that the therapist must adhere to in order to get
paid. You must have a diagnosis and impairments in
order to receive psychotherapy that is covered by
insurance. EAP provided by Solutions Through
Horses is about your wants and needs and you do not have to
have a mental health diagnosis to get services.
Solutions Through Horses and you determine the number of
sessions you want in regards to your goals and the
number of sessions is not dictated by an insurance
billing your insurance company, your privacy and
confidentiality is upheld.
Your insurance company will not know that
you received any type of services, nor will a
diagnosis appear on your medical record.
The time I spend with people using EAP is a time in a
search for understanding and in a search for new and novel
ways of being and thinking; ways that reveal new
possibilities. With EAP, you are empowered to take
the reins that will help you create the change you want.