Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

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

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Why Horses?


Horses are large and powerful. Interacting with a horse can help create confidence and can be rich metaphors in dealing with other areas of life. Horses can be a metaphor for relationships. Horses are helpful in this therapy as they are social animals and have distinct personalities and places within the herd. What works with one horse may not work with another. They also are prey animals and because of this they are aware of their environment and non verbal aspects of communication which encourages the participants to look more closely at their own non verbal aspects of communication and how this impacts relationships and movement towards attaining goals. In working with horses issues that arise include those of

  • Trust
  • Respect
  • Boundaries
  • Affection
  • Impact of non verbal communication
  • Leadership
  • Patience
  • Assertiveness

Working with horses in a psychotherapeutic encounter can create a non threatening mirror where individuals can look at themselves with compassion, objectivity and understanding. By connecting and associating the horses experience to their own, it fosters getting in touch with one’s own feelings, beliefs, thought patterns and behaviors moving towards the exploration and experience of making different choices. EAP and working with horses is an encounter for change and growth, individuals integrate learning through direct experience. It promotes change through action.