Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
The Meadows is one of the few treatment centers in Arizona that uses Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) to lead patients to heal and recover. As a part of our commitment to holistic and innovative therapeutic tools, Equine Therapy provides a therapeutic experience unlike any other offered at The Meadows.
When patients come to an impasse that blocks the next step in treatment, a horse can become a therapeutic tool by providing a model of predictable, honest behavior. Patients learn how to be predictable, trustworthy, and communicative from the bond established with the horse. Through interactions between patients and horses, patients learn new ways of dealing with trauma, addictions, and relationships. Trained equine specialists use the interactions to illustrate the relationship patterns patients exhibit with people in their lives.
When is Equine Therapy Used?
Equine Therapy is used during the middle and late phases of treatment, as well as in the Relapse Prevention phase. There is no horsemanship required to participate, as there is no riding involved. Following the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) methodologies, both therapists and clients can reach new heights of awareness and growth.