unbridled ties -
making the horse connection
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy was a component of my practice from 2006-2017. Although I no longer offer E A P, this page will give you a taste of the healing power inherent in the horse-human connection:
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning...
offers experiential adventures in:
*Personal insight *Relational connection
*Spiritual renewal *Professional
Unlike talk-therapy where clients are limited to telling about their lives in the world, experiential therapy exposes personal and relational patterns right there in the round pen. Not only can patterns be observed and acknowledged, but new ways of being and relating can be practiced through human-horse interaction. Experiential learning fosters powerful shifts in self-awareness and behavior, activating all of what it means to be human: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. As such, its effects are both immediate and long-lasting.
Private, Group and Workshop sessions are designed and scheduled for individuals, couples, groups and corporations. To set up a personalized session for yourself or group, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Continuing Education Credits are available for LPC professional workshops.
Most Equine Assisted Learning/ Psychotherapy sessions will take place at the Hopeful Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center in Leander:
17000 Trails End Cove
Leander, TX 78641
To see all that is offered at the ranch under the direction of Founder and Executive Director, Lisa Rivers, click here:
All emotional wounding occurs through some sort of break - whether actual or imagined - in relationship. Working with horses - as relational, sentient beings - provides clients with an opportunity to heal what is broken.
In addition, horses are natural truth-tellers. Because they are prey animals in the wild, their survival depends on being highly attuned to the energy in their
surroundings. This natural instinct provides human handlers with powerful, direct, non-verbal and non-judgmental feedback.
As social animals, horses have an innate ability to look for signs of leadership or submission, making them keenly aware of boundary-settings as well as violations.
Horses do not understand inconsistencies between affect and behavior. They will distance themselves from any kind of incongruence. If authentic feelings are eventually acknowledged, the horse will act as a mirror to reflect the shift.
One of Nature's most magnificent creatures, horses exhibit balance in life’s polarities: power and grace; strength and beauty; freedom and connection.
Dynamic Horse-Human Interactions mirror the client’s personal and relational patterns in the outer world of everyday living.
Specific Topics include:
Communication Personality Styles Team-building
Relationship Issues Creative Thinking Body Image
Recovery Obstacles Parenting Issues Self-care
Leadership Abilities Boundary Setting Self Confidence
Problem-solving Personal Power
Reflective Horse-Human Interactions mirror the client’s internal world. Such as:
Unconscious blocks Deep intuition Projections
Untapped Creativity Heart's Desire Fears
Incongruities Judgements Denial
Guilt/shame Hidden talents False Assumptions
Authentic Self Unhealed wounds Deeper connections
Soul's calling Transference New insight
Loving Wisdom Hidden potential Self-talk