Learn about yourself and others by participating in activities with horses and addressing your treatment goals. At Ray of Hope Counseling Services, we incorporate equine assisted psychotherapy for emotional growth and learning. A licensed therapist and a horse professional will be with you through the entire session.
There are great advantages of utilizing horses in the therapy process as they are dynamic and powerful living beings.
While horses can be naturally intimidating to many (since they are large and powerful), this perception creates an opportunity for some to overcome fears and develop confidence. The experience can provide wonderful insights when dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life.
Like humans, horses are social animals, with defined roles within their herds. They have distinct personalities, attitudes and moods; an approach that works with one horse won’t necessarily work with another. At times, they seem stubborn and defiant.
Horses provide great opportunities for metaphorical learning that can be utilized in real life situations.
Working with horses provides an effective therapeutic approach with even the most challenging individuals or groups. The individual will be required to be either caring for the horses or working with them. These tasks will require the patient’s both physical and mental attention, two components in everyday living.
A very important component in utilizing horses in therapy is that they mirror human body language. So, when an individual is working with horses and finds that their horse is stubborn or not responding in a desirable manner, the lesson suggests that the individual should change their behavior for the horse to respond differently. Also, horses are honest, which makes them especially powerful messengers.
Equine Assisted Psycho-therapy
- Creative thinking and problem-solving
- Taking responsibility
- Teamwork and relationships
- Confidence/self esteem
- Abuse (sexual, physical, emotional)
- Behavioral Issues
Equine Assisted Psycho-therapy
Summer is just around the corner! Help your child improve their social skills, gain confidence, and boost their self-esteem by participating in our Equine Assisted Psycho-therapy (EAP) summer camp program. EAP incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. EAP groups are different than traditional office based groups, they are experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with horses, and then processing/discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns. There is a great advantage of utilizing horses in the therapy process as dynamic and powerful living beings. The therapists at Ray of Hope providing EAP are licensed by the state of Georgia and are trained in the EAGALA Model. The focus of EAP is not riding or horsemanship. It involves setting up ground activities involving the horse which will require the group to apply certain skills.
Topics and Skills Covered During Camp:
- Recognizing and expressing emotions appropriately
- Social Cues
- Enhancing Self-Esteem
- Positive communication
- Making and keeping friends
- Coping with anger and frustration
- Teamwork and compromise
Ages : 8-12 years old
Cost: $675 per week
Dates: 3 One Week Sessions offered, June 2-6; July 14-18; August 4-8
* Intakes required