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Psychotherapy with horses has impact
09:08 (GMT+2), Tue , 20 January 2015
Northern KZN
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Equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is a highly effective way to help address various mental health and human development problems, including ADD, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and relationship and communication problems. EAP’s unique approach also offers powerful opportunities for developing organisational and leadership skills. Sharon Boyce, African regional co-ordinator for the non-profit Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), says that since horses are dynamic, emotional living beings that show unconditional acceptance, they have the ability to teach people a great deal and to heal them. As horses are sensitive to non-verbal stimuli, they provide valuable lessons in non-verbal communication and body language, and deliver immediate feedback that is observable and honest. EAP’s solution-focused, client-centred approach enables clients to find the best and most appropriate solutions for themselves. No prior experience with horses is required, as the focus is not on riding or horsemanship, but on using horse-related activities to help clients develop and apply various skills such as assertiveness, creative thinking and problem-solving, leadership, taking responsibility, teamwork and relationship skills, and change and diversity management. EAP provides ‘impactful’ results within a shorter time frame than traditional psychotherapy can. For more information, see www.eagala.org or contact your nearest representative:

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