The horse and human bond is both ancient and sacred. As naturally intuitive, sensitive, and social creatures, horses seek relationships based on trust and respect and thus encourage humans to access and bring forth their most authentic selves in order to connect with them. Utilizing this authentic relationship as a vehicle to promote healing, insight, and growth, Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) is a powerful form of experiential psychotherapy that can be engaged in as a primary treatment or as supportive or “adjunct” therapy.
In my role as an Equine Therapist, I consider myself a “translator” so the client can learn the horse’s language and build a relationship based on trust, respect and clear communication. My Equine Co-Therapist serves in the role of teacher as a mirror, a model, and a motivator:
- The horse mirrors back to us our actions and experiences, providing us with instant, honest and nonjudgmental feedback about our way of being in the world. By reflecting the energy that we bring to the partnership the horse encourages us to be truly authentic, flexible, and perceptive, allowing for a myriad of opportunities for personal insight and growth.
- As naturally social creatures who rely on their herd for survival in the wild, the horse acts as a model for positive social behavior and effective interpersonal skills. A herd, like any family or team, is most effective and connected when the relationships within it are based on mutual trust, respect, and clear communication.
- A relationship with a horse is a powerfully motivating incentive to change the behavior patterns that are not serving us. Children and adults alike will find the challenging process of self-growth and learning to be much more rewarding and fun when given the opportunity to engage with these magnificent creatures surrounded by the beauty and serenity of nature.
A large body of research has shown that spending time in nature has numerous health benefits including stress reduction and an increased sense of meaning. Surrounded by miles of protected open space and nestled in the heart of the Redwood Creek Watershed the unique location of Equinicity Marin offers numerous opportunities to connect with the the local ecosystem.