Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Pal-o-mine, www.pal-o-mine.org, is a non profit organization helping children with disabilities gain confidence, support and therapy through horse riding and equestrian training. The Pal-O-Mine population also includes adults with mental and physical disabilities, those who have been abused or neglected, the military, and the economically compromised. Over 30 percent of the population at Pal-O-Mine is on the autism spectrum. Over the years, Pal-o-mine’s executive director, Lisa Gatti, has seen some heartwarming and wonderful stories of individuals overcoming obstacles and living fuller lives through her groundbreaking program.

The staff at Pal-O-Mine are experts in equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) and how it can benefit as an alternative therapy for individuals with disabilities or trauma in their life.

Equine assisted psychotherapy is a type of therapy that utilizes horses as part of a therapy team to facilitate learning, growth, and healing in clients. The EAP program offers individual, group, and family therapy focusing on issues including grief, trauma, abuse, eating disorders, substance abuse, and addiction. With EAP, clients are provided an emotionally safe environment to learn about their behaviors and develop positive alternatives along with increased self-esteem, improved communication skills, assertiveness, problem solving, and coping skills.

For more information, visit http://www.pal-o-mine.org/equine-assisted-psychotherapy/.

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