What is Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy?

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Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) is an effective form of therapy that helps people quickly identify and replace dysfunctional patterns. Through exchanges with horses, nature, and the therapist, individuals gain an understanding of how to engage the cognitive, emotional, sensorial, and spiritual aspects of themselves in order to move towards greater health.

In the herd, people find recognition of their deepest emotions, honest reflection of their actions, a mutual desire for connection, open-hearted love and acceptance, and the freedom to experiment with new ways of being.

Here are some of the ways people benefit through equine-assisted activities:

  • Improve focus
  • Overcome fears and learn to manage anxiety
  • Adopt a healthy orientation towards exercise and the body
  • Learn to form respectful relationships
  • Practice setting boundaries and expressing needs and desires
  • Find a greater sense of connection to self, nature, and others
  • Gain confidence and self-esteem by overcoming challenges
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