H.O.R.S.E. Therapies of Northeast FL, Inc. is a PATH Member Center that provides Equine-Assisted Activities & Therapies (EAAT). EAAT is an umbrella term that describes therapy or learning activities that help humans with the assistance of an equine partner and specially trained professional or para-professional provider.
H.O.R.S.E. Therapies of Northeast FL, Inc. offers two types of EAAT Service at the Hunter’s Run location:
Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL)
EAL is and experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for educational, professional, and personal goals. Learning happens through the teaching of cooperative horsemanship, equine relationship development, horse management and/or groundwork to improve physical, emotional, cognitive and social functioning behaviors. EAL services are provided by Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning (ESMHL)
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
EAP is an interactive psychotherapeutic process in which a licensed mental health professional working with or as an appropriately credentialed equine professional (ESMHL), partners with equine partner(s) to work on treatment goals as an integral part of the treatment process between the client and therapist.
EAAT is actually part of the larger field of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT).
AAT partners trained and credentialed animal partners with healthcare professionals with specialized expertise working with volunteer or paid para-professionals with clients to enhance physical, emotional and social wellbeing. AAT including EAAT, has demonstrated improvements self-esteem, reducing anxiety and facilitating healing.
Services are provided to adults and children as individuals, in families are in groups.
We pride ourselves in offering innovative treatment methods that engage our participants, producing quicker responses than traditional talk therapy. Because our program is unique we are often asked to lead guided sessions or teaching groups for students, professionals in training and/or professionals seeking professional development and continuing education credit. As our program is experiential in nature, even our students or professional development trainees learn through the experience of working with the animals and engaging in the natural world. Persons interested in group services should contact us for a specific program designed for their specific needs.