What is Equine Assisted Psychology?
Equine Assisted Psychology (EAP) is an innovative, professional and experiential approach to psychological intervention. During EAP sessions, horse act as assistants and co-facilitators in the therapeutic process.
Many different models of EAP exist, and it is important to remember that not all EAP practitioners work the same way. Melissa’s knowledge and skills as a psychologist form the theoretical basis for EAP sessions, and as a practitioner she is unique in being a psychologist offering this model of work. The model of EAP used by Melissa is informed by principles of Therapeutic Relationship, Mindfulness, Trauma Theory, Narrative Therapy, Attachment Theory and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
The focus of EAP is on personal and psychological development for the client rather than development of horsemanship skills.
EAP can be useful therapeutic approach for clients of all ages, and a range of different mental health, trauma and relational issues. EAP is also useful in skills building for individuals and groups.