Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Equine Assisted Learning
EAGALA Model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Learning (EAL)
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially into client therapy sessions for mental wellness, emotional and behavioral growth. It is a collaborative effort between a mental health professional and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals. The EAGALA model is our format utilized. EAP is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families, and groups. EAP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs.
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is similar to EAP but where the focus is on learning or educational goals. EAL also involves the team of a mental health professional and horse professional working with the clients and horses. The focus, however, is on education and learning specific skills as defined by the individual or group, such as improved leadership and team building.
EAP is experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in ground work (non-riding activities) with the horses, and then processing or discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns. EAP is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families, and groups. EAP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including but not limited to:
- Behavioral issues
- Communication needs
- Relationship challenges
- Attention Deficit disorders
- Eating disorders
- Substance abuse
Payment for Services
We accept adults and children currently on Medical Assistance (MA) or individuals able to privately pay. We are also able to accept the following insurance providers:
- Blue Cross
Location Information, Referrals, and Intake
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning is provided at RSI’s Westbrook farm located near Brookston, MN. The Westbrook program sits on 160-acres along the St. Louis River.
RSI provides a prompt and thorough intake process. Self-referrals and support team-referrals are welcome. Please contact Roni Horak directly at 218.740.7615 or by email at [email protected].