Equine Assisted Therapy (EAP)

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Civilians and veterans! EAP is a collaborative therapeutic approach that allows participants to learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horse that explore feelings, thoughts and behaviors. It is often utilized to augment conventional forms of therapy in the therapeutic process. Here at FAA, we employ two models: Arena’s for Change (ARCH) which is a framework for storytelling – because we all have a story to tell and through the horses we can help you accelerate your progress and the EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) Treatment Model; a distinctive experiential framework designed to allow our clients to discover, learn and grow by engaging the unique intuitive power of horses to help them identify and practice the changes they want to make.

Under both models a licensed and credentialed Mental Health Professional and a certified Equine Specialist work together with the horses at all times to ensure each client receives the therapeutic attention and guidance to explore, process and solve their specific challenges in a safe, supportive environment. Built on the premise that it is the client who can best determine the life changes they need to make in order to improve their lives, we work as a team to meet each client’s goals.

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Who Can Benefit?

Though our focus is on veterans, we do treat civilians

We accept cash pay, credit card and Paypal for civilians.

EAP can be employed either as an adjunct to conventional therapy or on its own to address:

  • Behavioral Issues
  • Substance Abuse
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • ADHD & ADD
  • Eating Disorders
  • PTSD, Trauma
  • Emotional Disabilities
  • Abuse & Neglect Issues
  • Relationship Problems
  • Parenting
  • Anger Management

Programs Utilizing EAP

V.E.T.S (Veteran Equine Therapy Services)

Our V.E.T.S. Program is community-based, client-centered and solution-oriented. It is open to military veterans, first responders, families and children for whom conventional therapies alone have not produced satisfactory, sustainable results. The over-arching goal of the V.E.T.S Program is to offer a comprehensive therapeutic experience for those suffering from PTSD and other psychological and physiological disorders. The effects of PTSD on the brain are deeply seeded and extremely complex. Affecting nearly every facet of the mind including emotional, psychological and physical responses, they can rarely be treated separately. When the brain is exposed to consistent trauma as in war and combat, it locks-in the thoughts, fears, images and emotions of that trauma long after combat is over. This is why the action-based, experiential approach of EAP is proving to be so effective in treating post-traumatic stress and related disorders.

Acknowledging that the same hyper-vigilant mental state that serves to enhance a soldier’s awareness and abilities in war can destroy the returning warrior, our goal is to promote healing and recovery by addressing the cognitive, physical and emotional symptoms of PTSD in the therapeutic process. Our V.E.T.S. Scholarship Fund is available to assist under insured military veterans and first responders by defraying the cost of treatment. For information on available financial assistance, please email us here.

What should you wear? Dress appropriately for the weather and ALWAYS wear closed toed shoes that cover your entire foot, preferably boots!

Our horses are not trained to respond to our clients in a particular manner.  The horses will respond to each individual naturally based on the energy that the client presents to the horse.

We do NOT advocate for the horses to be bribed with food or treats during sessions or at any time. They are very well fed and cared for and are never hungry.

For more information on the V.E.T.S Program or available financial assistance for the program please complete the inquiry form or email foreveramberacres@gmail.com