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Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Equine Assisted Psychotherrapy (EAP), is a unique type of experiential therapy. EAP uses equine interactive activities in conjunction with outside traditional sessions with a psychotherapist. 

 With EAP, sessions are designed to meet your needs. The activities in each session require you and the  horse to accomplish a specific goal. Your reaction to the horse, and the horse's reaction to you, not only helps "show" where sticky spots are, but how to better communicate and interact with others to accomplish your personal goals. With EAP you will discover new, more effective solutions for the challenges in your life.  

Do I need Riding experience?

No, EAP is not about riding or horsemanship. In fact, all EAP activities are on the ground. The only requirement is that you dress appropriately for working with the horses. Hard shoes that cover your toes are essential. 

What kinds of problems does EAP help?

EAP can help with solving a wide variety of challenges that affect people of all ages.

  • Grief and Loss

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Communication Problems

  • Relationship Issues

  • Behavioral Issues

  • Attention Deficit Disorder

  • Eating Disorders

These are just a few of the issues that EAP can help with.

How do I participate in EAP?

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy involves the merging two teams into one (one team being a community-based therapist and client; the other being a special horse and one of our Equine Mental Health and Learning Specialists.  At Pegagus Center, our teams of certified specialists and horses are ready to work in collaboration with you and your therapist to choose activities based on your individual goals.


If you are a client who is interested in participating, show your therapist our website and have them contact us to learn more! 


If you are a therapist interested in offering this unique experiential opportunity to your clients, please contact us to learn more about how to get started!


If you do not have a therapist and are interested in more personal growth and skill development (rather than mental health care), take a look at our Equine Assisted Learning Opportunities!

" Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self esteem. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls---They give us hope!   __Toni Robinson

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