Horses have an instinctive, keen sense of smell, hearing and body awareness. They are fully present, intensely sensitive, and highly vigilant without agenda or judgment. These majestic animals are powerful messengers about who we are and how we relate to others and ourselves. It is in this engagement that the deepest and most powerful work occurs.
What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy?
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially for mental health therapy, coaching and personal development. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist, client and horse to address treatment goals. Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short-term or "brief" approach.
EAP is experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors and patterns. This approach has been compared to the ropes courses used by therapists, treatment facilities and human development courses around the world. However, EAP has the added advantage of utilizing horses, dynamic and powerful living beings.
Do I have to be a rider to try it?
Not at all. In traditional EAP, almost all interaction with the horses occurs on the ground, with a focus on human skills, not horse skills. The Windhorse Way frequently uses horsemanship as a platform, but focuses on exploring partnership, communication and authenticity (and having fun along the way).
What happens in a session?
A typical session involves ground activities with the horses that provide opportunities for personal growth and learning. Alannah helps clients to explore their interactions with the horses and the metaphors that emerge. Alannah's work with you will apply lessons learned in an arena to your broader life in order to create the change you seek.
Can riding instruction be blended into my session?
Absolutely. Alannah has been a Massachusetts state certified horseback riding instructor since 2005. Her areas of experience include huntseat, western, stock breed versatility, hunter/jumper, trail and gaming. For the competitive rider, performance psychology principles may also be applied.
Do you take insurance?
Not at this time. Please contact us for service rates.
Can I use my own horse?
Yes please! Alannah frequently works onsite with clients interested in using the existing equine/human partnership as a mirror.