Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Engage, Energize & Empower

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is a unique and effective approach to human development through horses. Participants engage in specially designed exercises with a team: horses, therapist and equine specialist, to find themselves learning valuable skills in the process.

By nature horses are extremely sensitive, aware of their surroundings, and quick to react. They understand intuitively the difference between potentially threatening behavior and a calm and assertive nature.  They respond immediately to the body language, intent, and energy of the participants in the arena. If participants provide contradictory behavior, the horse won’t follow their lead. Their feedback is immediate and totally honest. Participants may have to change their approach, attitude or body language before discovering success. The role facilitators have in our program is to stay attuned to horses’ body language and then guide participants to an understanding of what they may need to change to find success. The lessons learned in the arena don’t stay here; they translate into the participants’ every-day life and interactions with others.

Although clients do learn horsemanship skills, the focus of EAL is not riding or horsemanship, but rather personal growth and development. In fact there is no riding in our program–it all takes place on the ground! Absolutely anyone can benefit from learning from horses. We have a several different programs to benefit a wide range of individuals, families and groups.

Our program is certified by the OK Corral Series, a nationally recognized program.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Highland Heights offers a unique opportunity for participants that need a different approach to therapy and learning. Equine assisted learning and therapy caters to participants that have been in traditional therapy for a long time and either know the expected responses or just tell the therapist what they want to hear, therefore remaining stuck. The key to our approach is the strength-based facilitation, the farm environment and the animals, mainly horses. Some of the areas of specialization include:

  • Youth & Adolescence Behaviors
  • Adoptive & Foster Children
  • Grief & Loss
  • Family Relations
  • Abuse
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • PTSD & Trauma
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Autism spectrum
  • Learning Challenges

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is especially suited for youth, in that it’s not an office-based intervention. Working with the horses is engaging, interesting and, in the words of many of our clients, “It doesn’t feel like therapy!” The clients are not required to be verbal about their thoughts and feelings; instead they are allowed the opportunity to try out new behaviors and get instant feedback from an unbiased source: the horse. At Highland Heights, we frequently work with children and teenagers who are struggling and can assist them and their families in dealing with a variety of emotions & behavioral challenges that include:

  • Trust/Bonding
  • Healthy Decision Making
  • Accepting Responsibility
  • Developing Healthy Relationships
  • Self-regulation
  • Empathy
  • Courage to make changes
  • Anger Management

At Highland Heights, we offer both Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.  At the request of the attending therapist or agency, goals are set and sessions are specifically designed to meet those individuals’ goals. Most of the sessions revolve around the client’s observations of the horse’s interactions and behaviors to a variety of circumstances and comparing how the horse’s reaction either differs or is the same to their own. It is much easier for the clients to talk about the horses than themselves.

Corporate Workshops

  • Could your team benefit from improved communication, collaboration and cooperation?

  • Are you looking for a way to build better leaders, better teams and improve results?

  • Have you been challenged to plan a unique and unforgettable offsite for your group or team?

From small business to large corporations, intimate groups to large teams, Highland Heights can custom design a session that meets all your needs with a fun, engaging and interactive team event!

Engage, Energize & Empower Your Team!

This is a program specifically designed to provide businesses with an innovative, yet practical approach to motivating individuals, building teams and developing strong leaders.

People want to succeed. People want to drive results. People want to work together effectively. But they want to do it with people they trust, who trust them and give them respect and understanding. These are principles that our horses are masters at teaching, because they rely on them for their survival and that of their herd. By partnering with the horses to overcome obstacles, teams are empowered to use their skills of observation, effective communication, active listening and negotiation to be successful. Exercises are designed to bring out and fine-tune these qualities while the horse’s sensitive and reflective nature provides instant and honest feedback. You will be challenged and amazed as you learn about yourself and your team. Tailored to your needs, the Highland Heights EAL program provides an innovative, practical approach to motivating individuals, developing strong leaders and empowering high performing teams. contact us to build a program that’s just right for you!