Horses help in healing
Healing with Horses
The Meadows is one of the few treatment centers in Arizona that uses Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) to assist patients in the healing and recovery process. As a part of our commitment to holistic and innovative therapeutic tools, Equine Therapy takes place weekly at one of our nearby sister campuses, providing a therapeutic experience unlike any other.
When is Equine Therapy Used?
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.
There is no horsemanship required to participate in Equine Therapy 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.
It’s no wonder many patients say that Equine Therapy is a highlight of their treatment experience.
Our Admissions team is here to help 24 hours a day and is experienced in assisting others with compassion, dignity, and respect — hallmark values of The Meadows for more than 45 years. The Meadows’ Admissions Specialists are here to help you on your way to a healthier and more productive lifestyle. When you call, they will lead you through a series of questions to determine if The Meadows is a good fit, and how soon your treatment can begin. If you are interested in The Meadows for yourself or a loved one, call or fill out an admissions form today!