The methods we use at Equiliberty are based on sound psychological principles. We use the EAGALA Model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) has similarities with expressive therapies, as it is not based on talking, but rather on experiencing. In EAP we foster problem solving skills, use therapeutic metaphor to look at perceived limitations, allow behavioural practice and facilitate cognitive restructuring. Horses also present a visual cue to the client's level of agitation, hence allowing children with ADHD or ASD to become aware of their own arousal level and help them learn to control it.(See ABC TV program Compass: Horse Power: http://www.abc.net.au/compass/s3713804.htm )
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