Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Dr. Joseph Lancia
75 Walker Rd
Hilton, NY 14468
Phone: (585) 392-3492

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Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) – Personal Growth Groups and Team Building Workshops

Imagine a horse teaching trust, communication, appropriate boundaries, patience, creativity, resilience and teamwork.


EAL is offered for personal growth and life skill learning, in addition to organizational team building and leadership enhancement. It fosters creative problem solving, healthy communication, cooperation, and identification of roles, development of leadership skills and conflict resolution and management.



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about each workshop




Intro to EAP Workshop
This is a three hour workshop given several time throughout the year and to specific groups upon request. It offers an opportunity to experience the process of how this emerging therapy works by participating in a hands on group session. Patterns of behavior and thought, increased self awareness of beliefs and problem solving style are evoked through metaphors during interactive activities with horses. This process facilitates insight and better understanding of the self. This workshop is not intended to teach the technique of EAP but to provide a first hand experience of this treatment modality.
Couples Workshop

This half day workshop focuses on relationship dynamics. It addresses issues of:

  • Communication
  • Cooperation
  • Assertiveness
  • Boundaries
  • Trust
  • Encouragement of self awareness and self empowerment
Family Dynamics Workshop

This half day workshop focuses on family roles and looks at beliefs and assumptions with an opportunity to challenge these. It addresses issues such as:

  • Boundaries
  • Limit setting
  • Communication
  • Assertiveness
  • Cooperation
  • Problem solving
Relapse Prevention Group

This workshop focuses on issues related to relapse prevention. It addresses such issues as:

  • Addressing temptations and distractions,
  • Move towards healthier boundaries and limit setting
  • Identification and healthy expression of emotions
  • Regulation of impulses
  • Stress management without substance use
  • Problem solving skills
Team Building and Leadership Workshops for Businesses and Organizations

These are half and full day workshops. There is also the opportunity to have a workshop tailored to your specific group and its needs upon request. These workshops address relationship issues as they manifest in an organizational setting such as trust, respect, cooperation versus competition and clear communication. Some of the issues addressed include:

  • Creativity
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Setting goals
  • Cooperation versus competition
  • Self awareness
  • Individual roles within a group
  • Personal versus professional issues
Enhancing the Competitor Within

The horse show world presents many unique challenges for those involved. Enhancing the competitor within is a workshop designed to promote a healthier and less stressful approach to the horse show world. Participants are assisted in recognizing unhealthy patterns and provided with an environment to facilitate positive change and growth. Some of the topics addressed include managing emotions that can interfere with performance, addressing cooperation versus competition with your horse, and stress and time management. Please call for more information.


Equine Assisted Learning is an emerging field in which horses are used as tools for emotional growth in humans. It is a form of experiential learning involving a team consisting of Dr. Joseph Lancia (Psychiatrist) and Christine Cane (Equine Specialist). The focus of this workshop is not riding or horsemanship but to address issues that can impact these. All activities take place on the ground. It is experiential in nature where participants learn about themselves and others by engaging in activities with horses and then processing the feelings, behaviors, and response patterns that emerge.

Customized and Special Topic Groups
Workshops and retreats created to meet your specific needs and goals.


"May all who suffer be free from suffering
May all those in fear find freedom from fear
May all who grieve find freedom from grief
May all living beings be free”