Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

We provide individual and group Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)

Individual & Group

At SpringHaven, we offer a number of different and cutting edge therapies for use in individual counseling sessions. Each session and its activities are specifically design to meet the needs of the client and therapeutic goals.

EAP provides in the moment practice for real life events.  This type of active counseling allows learning to occur faster and can be felt immediately.  Horses give us immediate, honest and non-judgmental feedback, feedback that we as humans often mask and/or hide from each other.

Each session is conducted with one or more horse(s), an equine specialist, and the same counselor each client sees regularly.


Click here to watch a demonstration video of some of the different kinds of EAP we provide here at SpringHaven.


Research has shown that EAP can be helpful for treating:

  • Abuse
  • Trauma
  • Family Relations
  • Behavioral Problems
  • Depression
  • Stress Management
  • Eating Disorders
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Marriages
  • Children & Adolescents

Additional information on the types of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy:


What to Expect:

No one needs to have horse experience to have an Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) session here at SpringHaven.  We just ask you to keep an open mind and come with the willingness to engage and try.  We will start wherever you are and progress at your pace.  SpringHaven welcomes all with open, non-judgemental arms and will provide a calm atmosphere for you to develop new healthy skills.

Things you may experience include but are not limited to:

  • Hands-on, real life learning experiences with a horse(s) such as walking a horse through obstacles or leading from your heart/head/body, and much more.
  • Learning how to communicate with a horse.  The communication principles you use will then lead you to learning how to appropriately communicate with others.
  • The horse(s) is a co-facilitator; however, whenever required the horse(s) may take a more active role in the healing.
  • At times the horse(s) may "push your buttons" or have other plans in mind than you or we had.
  • Working with the horse(s) will teach you a tremendous amount about yourself and your relationships.
  • Sometimes after an activity we will debrief and process what happened for you, but sometimes we just allow you the space to process yourself.
  • Be prepared at times for the horse(s) to bring forth strong emotions thus giving you the opportunity to learn how to manage such intense situations.


For Questions or to Schedule a Session:

Please call us at 330.359.6100 and one of our receptionists will be more than happy to answer your questions and/or schedule your sessions.  If you would like even more details you may ask to speak with one of the Equine Program Coordinators.

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