Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP)
In this type of therapy, human and horse therapists work together in a wide range of healing experiences to promote emotional well being and alleviate psychiatric symptoms such as depression, anxiety, confusion and disorganization. EFP is also appropriate for people who are experiencing grief and loss, issues related to abuse, trauma or relationship difficulties at home or work. It can be effective where traditional “talk” therapy is not.
Interacting with our magnificently skilled therapy horses can be immensely therapeutic for the mind, body and spirit, helping people reawaken long-forgotten abilities capable of healing the imbalances of modern life. A licensed mental health professional and specially trained therapy horses facilitate EFP. An appropriately credentialed equine professional may also be present as indicated. Sessions may incorporate a number of mutually respectful equine activities such as handling, grooming, lunging, riding and vaulting, as well as use of art materials, journaling and music. EFP services may be eligible for insurance reimbursement.
To further explore EFP at Great Strides please call 301-253-1166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a complimentary farm tour.