Traditional Counseling and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Special Needs.
Low confidence levels cause a greater inability to self-advocate or feel empowered. Interactions with the horses improves the confidence levels, allowing a greater ability of empowerment. Many marginalized individuals as well as students mainstreamed, tend to feel isolated, which causes a deficit in social skills, anxiety and depression. By working to interact with the horses in groundwork relationships can be improved, including but not limited to communication, leadership, the ability to disagree within socially acceptable norms, cooperation and verbally or nonverbally sharing solutions to problems.
The EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) Model is a distinctive experiential framework designed to allow clients the freedom to discover, learn, and grow from the horse-human relationship.
Why horses? Horses can be associated with their work ethic, assertiveness, communication and size. They are also social animals with defined roles and vast personalities. All these attributes allow for copious opportunites to metaphors. Our horses do the work for effective growth in the client's lives; they break down barriers. The horses are able to mirror the client's authentic emotions and needs. It is about the client/horse relationship that makes this work conscious and most effective.