Equine Assisted Therapy
Horses can assist our growth in so many ways. They can help to highlight our relational patterns, therefore giving us the insight needed to create the changes that can enhance our growth and connection. Horses increase our access to higher self esteem and confidence through their effect on our brains and nervous systems.
The sessions I offer incorporate groundwork with horses, enabling clients to exercise and explore their boundaries, use their voice, and step into their power. It can also include observation and herd work, referencing hierarchies, groups and family systems. Working with the horses incorporates touch through grooming and leading, which can provide an increase in dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin; chemicals which can support individuals in feelings of connection and positivity.
This therapy is about fostering relationships. Each individual works with me and the horses to determine their path of healing. Some individuals observe horses for their whole time, others engage with one horse and move through a whole relational experience. You are a part of determining what your healing looks like.
As the therapist, I maintain the safety of the interaction while helping to guide the client towards increased capacity for contact, trust, boundaries, and self-regulation. I have the ability to balance compassion with a practical eye for enacting change.
Eve has worked with the following populations in the Equine Arena:
- ADD and ADHD
- Behavioral Problems and Emotional Regulation
- Kid’s Empowerment
- Reactive Attachment Disorder
- Trauma; Physical, Sexual, Mental and Emotional