Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Our Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is meant to be a short-term collaborative tool for emotional growth and learning for children, families, adult women/men, and soldiers who live in or near Las Cruces or Doña Ana County, New Mexico.

Programs are tailored for individuals, families and groups addressing behavioral and social needs such as:

  • relationships/friendships
  • behavioral concerns
  • anxiety/depression issues
  • grief / loss
  • psycho/spiritual concerns
  • substance abuse recovery
  • female/male topics
  • trauma/post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • academic- or school-related issues
  • assertiveness/empowerment
  • couple/parent/family strength buildin
  • life transitions

EAP  targets self-esteem, improving communication skills and relationship dynamics.

How it Works:
By catching, haltering, grooming and participating in experiences with the horses, people learn about themselves by doing. How can they get a horse—sometimes with no halter, without touch, speech or bribery—to willingly do what they want? A person’s behaviors, thoughts and feelings can be reflected in the horse’s response.

Most sessions are conducted by a team composed of therapists, horse specialists, participants and horses.

Besides emphasis on experiential doing,  further opportunity is offered outside the arena to help reflect and gain insight into behavior— thoughts and feelings—and to uncover their own “aha” moments. Valuable skills which transfer directly to the human world.

Sessions are typically 1 to 1-1/2 hours long, once or twice a week, according  the participant’s needs.

Equine Assisted Therapy Programs for Soldiers and their Families:

Equine Assisted Therapy Programs for SoldiersThis program was created to meet the psychological and social need of soldiers with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). The program helps soldiers and their families to decrease or resolve symptoms relating to TBI/PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Our intention is to enhance various life skills, which will enable families in returning to active duty and/or day-to-day activities.

This program is already helping disabled veterans suffering from TBI/PTSD in collaboration with the Jump Start Program through William Beaumont Medical Facility in El Paso, TX.

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Donations made to our Helping Kids Be Kids Foundation makes it possible for us to provide services to those who may not have the necessary resources.

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