Equine assisted psychotherapy
10:29 (GMT+2), Tue , 20 January 2015
Equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is a highly effective way to help address various mental health and human development problems, including attention deficit disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and relationship and communication problems.
EAP’s unique approach also offers powerful oppor-tunities for developing organisational and leader-ship skills.
Sharon Boyce, African regional coordinator for the non-profit Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), says since horses are dynamic, emotional liv-ing beings that show unconditional acceptance, they have the ability to teach people a lot 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, relationship skills, change and diversity management.
EAP provides impactful results within a shorter time frame than traditional psychotherapy can.
For more information go to EAGALA's website at, or contact the nearest representative:
• Johannesburg, Pretoria: Sharon Boyce, or Dot Robertson,
• Potchefstroom: Heidi van der Walt,
• Durban: Tracey Cumming,
• Eastern Free State: Nicky Meyer,
• Western Cape: Emma Weitzel, or Sarah Garland,
• Nicky Meyer, 082 783 1068,
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