Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
We will need you to wear closed toed shoes and long pants.
We will provide a helmet
Self-awareness - Being aware of and naming one's own emotions, thoughts, impulses, and physical sensations. Being able to understand our own emotions and recognize their impact on us the capability to pause and ask "what's motivating us at the moment. For many of us reacting without thinking (impulse control) is a prominent pattern. With EFP we help the client examine the available choices between stimulus and response. We help clients expand the time between stimulus and response, to make a more informed choice.
Patterns - EFP brings these habitual, repeated patterns into focus through the client's interaction with the horse. We encourage clients to take time to listen, notice and identify these patterns. How these patterns may show up else where in their life.
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Under North Carolina law, an equine activity sponsor or equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in equine activities resulting exclusively from the inherent risks of equine activities. Chapter 99E of the North Carolina General Statutes
Individual 50-minute session - $100
Couple or Family 90-minute session - $150
Group $50 per person 90-minute session (minimum of 3 people)
Not excepting insurance at this time. You can submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.
No horseback riding or horse knowledge is required. Most of our work is done on the ground.
Observation- Observing the horse physical behavior and behavior toward one another we can start asking the clients their interpretation of the horse's behavior. The client might say "he's angry." "What do you see in the horse's body language that might say he's angry?" "See if you notice what the horse is doing with his body each time you feel or think he might be angry." The client can now be an attentive observer, first the horse, then ultimately themselves.
Interpretation- Interpretation can reveal a great deal about the internal state of the client, but the impulse to interpret, regardless of evidence, makes a great teachable moment. This allows the client to disengage from the emotional charge with the horse first and then in their own lives.