Equine Assisted Psychotherapy


Equine Assisted Psychotherapy 
with Psychiatrist Dr Anja Kriegeskotten 

We provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults.
Our highly trained team sees clients individually or as  families  in the scenic Samford Valley. 

Horses have evolved as prey animals. To survive they had to develop exquisitely finely tuned senses, to the degree that they can even read our heart beat and breathing rate. Their native language is body language. Therefore they are experts at reading our non-verbal cues, even when we are not aware we are giving them. This gives horses the natural ability to sense the emotions of others around them. They tend to respond giving immediate feedback, thereby reflecting the emotions like a mirror without judgement.  This can bring even subconscious or suppressed motional struggles into our awareness. We can then access and process the emotions, make sense of them and file them into memory. The turmoil eases and emotional healing can occur.

We use the EAGALA model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy  www.EAGALA.org         
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy occurs on the ground without riding, but with hands-on contact with the horses. We believe the client has the best solution for themselves and endeavour to provide a safe and fertile space for our client to explore and find their best solution.
In the EAGALA model we work as a team consisting of a mental health professional working with an equine specialist and of course the horses.


How does Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)work?

Horses have finely tuned senses such as hearing, smell and touch. Their senses are so acute that they can even sense the aggression of a predator lurking in the bushes. In a herd, horses sense each other's feelings and naturally mirror this to each other via body language. This helps the survival of the herd. 
Horses can also sense our emotional state, even when we are not aware of it. This natural ability of horses is used by introducing a person or a small group of people to a small herd of horses.
This is not about horsemanship or dominating the horses nor about riding, but about becoming a guest member of the herd. Horses will then naturally reflect to the person
what is going on for that person emotionally at this time. Our psychiatrist  Anja can help them make sense of this experience. The experience occurs without words and therefore there is no risk of miscommunication via spoken language. This is very effective.

Emotions that lie under the surface tend to bother us humans more than the ones we are aware of and can work through. When horses in EAP reflect our feelings to us, it
brings our subconscious emotions to the surface and we can think them through, make sense of them and file them into memory.  They then don't bother us so much anymore.

People often progress with EAP in less sessions than traditional in office therapies. EAP can even help those, who don't want to or can't talk about their problems,
as EAP is not talking therapy, but based on experiencing the relationship and interactions with the horses, who give immediate honest feedback free from judgement. The person relates to horses rather than people, which can be easier for some people, such as those who have experienced interpersonal trauma as those often find it difficult to trust and relate to others. 

I also offer traditional in office sessions for an intial psychiatric assessment to enable me to tailor the therapy to your specific needs. Additional in office sessions may be required at times to help people work through issues that come to the surface in EAP sessions.
To book an appointment please call Cath on 0412 476 666 

Check out this EAGALA You Tube clip:


Dr Anja Kriegeskotten
Certificate of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Psychiatrist for children, adolescents, families and adults

EAGALA certified to provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

AAPT level 1 

Horses facilitate emotional healing in people.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy uses the innate ability of horses to mirror emotions, thereby assisting people to access and process subconscious emotional struggles, leading to healing.

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