Equine Assisted Group and Individual Therapy is offered in collaboration with EAGALA certified staff at SymaTree Farm. We have a fabulous team dedicated to helping children, adolescents, and adults reach their goals.
Individual therapy sessions include ground exercises and interactions with horses (no riding). Each session focuses on the unique and specific needs of the individual, leading to a powerful and special experience.
Sessions include ground activities with horses and other group members. Sometimes group members work together to achieve a common goal and other times they enjoy individual experiences with the horses. This therapy is supportive. As we reach outside of ourselves to communicate and connect with the horses and our teammates, we enjoy a restored sense of belonging, purpose, resiliency, safety, community, and acceptance of others. Group equine assisted therapy has been found to be very effective for trauma survivors including military personnel.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is a powerful, holistic and effective approach to healing, where horses are an integral part of the therapy team. As herd animals, horses are experts in the art of life skills, and working with them leads us to a deeper understanding of ourselves. As prey animals, horses are very sensitive to non-verbal cues so they provide us with immediate feedback, mirroring our experience, feelings, and behaviours.
Through activities and interactions with the horses, clients become more aware of what’s going on inside themselves – they begin to see the self-limiting or unhealthy patterns that can block success. With this enhanced self-awareness, the door is open for clearer processing of feelings, behaviour, and relationship issues. Through working with the horses we learn what is going on within ourselves. It is amazing what can happen when you connect with a horse!
Equine work is often used as an adjunct therapy for people who have experienced trauma (including PTSD), substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship and communication problems, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
SymaTree Farm also offers Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) programs, which focus on educational and life skills goals.