What’s unique about my clinic is that it offers psychotherapy not only in the traditional office, but in a barn. I recently completed my training and certification from the OK Coral and am able to offer Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in addition to my practice in Madison.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is the professional field in which an equine (horse) is incorporated into activities that help clients achieve emotional growth and learning. EAP is experiential in nature, meaning that clients learn by participating in hands-on activities with the horse and then discuss behavioral patterns and how they relate to everyday life.
This therapy does not include riding, only ground work.
"The Power of Horses"
Because, horses are responsive, they have an awareness and sensitivity to their surroundings. Horses are non-biased and agenda free. Horses don't care what you like, how smart you are, or what you can do physically. They only tune into who you really ARE. Horses are real, in the moment and present. Most of all, horses give immediate and honest feedback.
Because horses react to body language, they give incredible and immediate feedback to what people are communicating non-verbally. Clients learn that if they want to change the horses behaviors, they have to change their own behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. It is powerful because it is more than just talking, it is doing.
Through the experience with the horse, clients learn to observe and respond to behaviors of the horse instead of staying stuck in their current patterns. Therefore, while learning healthy communication and problem-solving skills and solutions that will lead to success.
All sessions are held at Saddle Ridge a stable in Oregon, WI. Just as in the clinic, all sessions are strictly confidential.