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Beyond the Pines
\\ A Flagstaff Wellness Collective //
Beyond the Pines is grateful and excited to feature a partnership with Horses, Heroes, and Hope to offer Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. To learn more about Horses, Heroes and Hope, click here.
What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)?
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is a form of therapy conducted alongside a horse that is overseen by a mental health professional and a horse trainer. These types of activities may include basic caretaking such as grooming, feeding, and ground skills in a safe enclosed space. For some clients who build a consensual and respectful relationship with the horse, the equine assisted therapy process may result in doing some mounting work and going for short rides. You and the mental health professional will process through your time together, work through emotions, develop effective communication and regulation skills throughout the session.
Who Can Benefit from EAP?
EAP is available for adults and children ages 12+. It's been used to help treat a variety of conditions including ADHD, addiction, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Beyond these conditions, EAP provides individuals the opportunity to work with horses to help integrate self-awareness of thoughts, feelings, and somatic responses with horsemanship skills that progress people on their journey of better knowing themselves.
Why we do EAP?
Beyond the Pines holds the belief that building and sustaining healthy relationships to self, others and the natural world are vital to living a life that feels fulfilling. More and more understanding has been developed of the therapeutic connection surrounding these relationships. EAP is a specific activity or behavior that allows for people to begin fostering and strengthening connections to self, others, and the natural world. Working with equine partners offers an experiential component to the process of therapy that is different from traditional forms of office-based psychotherapy. In this, the process itself creates an in-the-moment experience of engaging and paying attention to these relationships which over time can be carried within a person to expand their overall relational capacity.
To learn more about Equine Assisted Psychotherapy including the process, relevant rates or scheduling an initial session, please call (928) 255-5490 or click below.
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