What happens in an EAP session? Warriors are given instructions for a task involving one or more horses. Tasks may include catching and haltering a horse, walking a maze with a horse, or constructing an obstacle course for the horse to go through. The Warrior uses skills such as creative thinking, verbal and non-verbal communication, teamwork, confidence, assertiveness, positive attitude, and leadership to approach the task.
Is EAP a Therapy? EAP sessions are facilitated by a licensed mental health professional and an equine professional. The equine activities used in sessions bring out emotions in the client such as frustration, anger, joy, and attachment. The activities and interaction with horses help the clients to work through the emotions and the issues in the client’s life that come up with the emotions. Because horses provide immediate reactions to the client’s reactions, the client can work on changing his or her behaviors and see the results of the changes immediately. Afterward, the client will have the confidence to use those changes in behavior during his or her daily life.
How is EAP different than Traditional therapy? In a traditional therapy session, a client typically meets with a therapist in an office and together, they talk through issues. With EAP, a clients meets the therapist and equine specialist in an outdoor setting. The horse mirrors the client’s emotions. By working with the horse through these emotions, the client is able to identify the issues and learn how to work through them. Have you ever gone into a traditional therapy session and just didn’t know what to talk about? In an EAP session, you don’t have to know what to talk about; the horse shows you what is going on inside of you. As you work with the horse and the therapist, you learn how to cope with your struggles. We believe every client has the answers to his or her own problems. The horses and the therapists are here to help you find your solutions within you.
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