Lakeview Health employs the EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in working with patients struggling to let their guard down, helping them uncover their strengths, learning how to take responsibility for their choices and actions, realize their obstacles, and practice new skills. This entire experience is enhanced by the inclusion of horses, which they interact with and learn from.
Often patients get stuck in the “why” and instead need to consider the “how” of life. Through the use of horse interaction, patients can “feel” the learning and not get in their head about the old messages of their disease.
Why Horses and Not Goats?
Horses are large powerful animals who are social and have unique personalities, attitudes and moods. They often provide immediate feedback and live “in the moment”. They do not judge, shame, or blame, but do require trust. This interaction creates opportunities for metaphors between 12 –step and real life.
Working with horses requires consistency in re-earning permission to lead them. They sense when people are being real and authentic., often a difficult trait for patients in early recovery. It’s impossible to fake a connection with an animal that is intuitively designed to know who can be trusted and who cannot. Patients witness this first hand in their early interaction with the horses.
Benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy
Patients have experienced:
- Increased confidence
- Learning to problem solve and make better decisions
- Identifying the “living in the moment” and being present in their life right now
- Feeling a sense of belonging and not being judged for their past experiences
- Increased communication by learning how to ask for help
We invite you to hear more about Equine Assisted Therapy from StarLee Heady, Clinician and Professional Horseman with PX Equine Enterprises, who works with our Lakeview Health clients. Listen to Podcast
For more information about EAGALA visit: www.eagala.org
For more information for PX Equine Enterprises: www.PXEquine.com