What is meaningful in your life? Do you take time for self care?
Our lives tend to be busy. We are sometimes overloaded with details and information available from social media through our constant connection to technology. When faced with change or hard decisions, it may be difficult to sort out feelings and pick positive choices to focus on a meaningful path. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) using the EAGALA model, can help. EAP is a team approach of therapy with a Mental Health professional, Equine Professional and horses. EAP takes you into nature, to a place where you can work toward solving problems or issues in an experiential way. Horse Time is a unique type of therapy available in Davis, CA.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is an emerging field where horses help engage people in emotional growth and learning. It is experiential in nature and individuals learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with horses and processing feelings, behaviors and patterns. EAP and EAL utilize horses, dynamic and powerful living beings, who have an amazing power to heal and to teach. Horses provide immediate, honest, observable feedback in response to our behaviors and interactions. Horses are sensitive to nonverbal stimulus, which makes them astute therapeutic guides. They are social beings that bring us insight into group dynamics and the individual roles we play in our daily lives.
The focus of EAP is not riding or horsemanship. EAP involves observing and interacting with horses. Clients participate in activities involving horses which will require the individual or group to apply certain skills such as: non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking and problem-solving, leadership, taking responsibility, teamwork and relationships, confidence, positive attitude, and personal empowerment. You can find out more about this type of treatment by reading information on the EAGALA.org website.
EAP is useful as an adjunct to traditional talk therapy. It is a brief approach that successfully addresses a variety of mental health needs including: overcoming trauma, transitions in life, grief, behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, abuse issues, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication. EAP is also a way to help focus on those issues that can provide more meaning in one’s life.
EAP services are offered by Jennie Singer, Ph.D., and Carol Studer, Equine Specialist, both EAGALA Certified. Jennie is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY 16980). She has diverse experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of disorders and issues since 1995. Jennie is also a professor at California State University, Sacramento. Her primary focus is working with offenders in the community, providing psychoeducational and forensic court assessments, and providing therapy, resources, and support to families with special needs children or adolescents. Jennie has long been interested in the horse/human/healing connection, and was fortunate to meet Carol Studer, a very experienced equine specialist who has worked with the EAGALA model practice since 2010 and EAGALA certified since 2012. Carol has a BA in Psychology and has worked in numerous settings with a variety of clients. She became an equine professional in 1990 as a CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) Instructor. She is PATH advanced certified and a certified Centered Riding Level 2 instructor. She and her horses have paired with Jennie as an EAP team working in Davis, California.