TRoT: The Reins of Therapy Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning
Welcome to TRoT where we provide a unique counseling experience referred to as Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). Our clients are introduced to rescued horses that have experienced challenges in their own lives, and through counselor-guided interactions, are able to identify and work through personal struggles. These counseling sessions utilize research-based interventions and theories such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Theory, Existential Theory, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), experiential methodologies, and trauma-informed care. The ultimate goal is to provide effective and realistic counseling to a variety of people including children, adolescents, adults and families.
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Why We Use Horses?
Horses, like humans are social animals. They have distinct personalities, attitudes, and moods. At times, they seem stubborn and defiant. At other times they just want to have fun. Additionally, horses have well defined roles within their herds. In other words, horses provide vast opportunities for metaphorical learning. Using metaphors, in discussion or activity, is an effective technique when working to bring about positive change in individuals and groups.
Horses are large and powerful, which can be intimidating for some clients. Many clients are afraid of working with horses at first but accomplishing a task in spite of those fears creates confidence.
Working with horses is not easy. It takes time and patience to learn the skills necessary to care for a horse and to build a healthy relationship with them. In an era when instant gratification and the “easy way” are the norm, horses require that individuals proactively engage with them to be successful.
Horses are perceptive. They have the ability to listen to humans in ways we are not able to listen to ourselves. They can detect our biological patterns, such as heart rate, breathing, and eye movements, and use these cues to identify our attitude towards them. Many people will complain, “The horse is stubborn. The horse doesn’t like me,” etc. However, if they take the initiative to change their approach, the horse will respond differently. Above all, horses are honest, and challenge us to find new ways of approaching relationships in our own lives.