In 2014, Gina founded Relatively Stable, an adjunctive program using Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, or EAP, is an experiential psychotherapy model. EAP combines equine activities, the equine environment, and traditional therapy in order to address individual goals and needs. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, PTSD, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs.
This unique and effective therapy is done not on horseback, but on the ground. Horses are highly intuitive, are masters of living in the moment, and have the ability to reflect an individual’s state of mind and intentions accurately. Their non-judgemental nature allows participants to become more in tune with themselves and increases a person’s ability to work through emotions and feelings. Participants find common skills that are often emphasized include boundary setting, assertiveness rather than aggressiveness, self-confidence, and an understanding of one’s behaviors and patterns, communication, regulating mood.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy helps clients to become more aware, present and engaged with their inner experience, and helps take client “out of their heads,” while engaged in therapy. Horses are a powerful addition to therapy because they require clients to be present, both physically and emotionally. Horses can act as mirrors for clients, reflecting the client’s presence and groundedness. It is difficult to explain the power of equine psychotherapy, but when witnessed, the amazing ability of horses to provided support and guidance to a client is nearly impossible to miss.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is ideal for individuals, family, couples, and groups. We specialize in working with adolescents, as well as military veterans, many of whom have participated in traditional office “talk” therapy but are looking for something different. Our experiential “learning by doing” activities are individually designed to address your goals for therapy. All our sessions are un-mounted (no riding). No horse experience is necessary. Sessions range from 60 to 90 minutes. Most insurances are accepted.