Psychotherapy & Learning
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Learning

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) consists of a treatment plan-based service offered to those individuals, dyads or families seeking help for issues related to, but not limited to the following: anger management, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety, grief & loss, relationship difficulties, communication skills, parenting, and impulse control.

Equine Assisted Learning

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is a goal-based service offered to groups seeking skill development in the areas of, but not limited to the following: team building, leadership training, problem solving, and improved functioning at the work place.

Queen of Hearts partnered with mental health professionals to provide EAP and EAL programs for those who are seeking to empower themselves to handle daily issues that they feel they may not have control over.  As social, sentient beings, horses intuitively feel our emotional state and respond accordingly - offering us immediate feedback.  Interacting with horses gives people a unique opportunity to regain their sense of self and differentiate between passive, assertive, and aggressive communication.  It also provides an opportunity to experience setting and holding boundaries in a confident, effective manner – thus, gaining an embodied sense of empowerment.

Enrollment Process for Mental Health Program


Most clients who are interested in equine-facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) are referred by a licensed mental health therapist who will work with their client here at Queen of Hearts. Queen of Hearts does not have a mental health therapist on staff and its staff is not qualified to independently create a treatment plan. However, Queen of Hearts does have a working relationship and collaboration with some "private pay" therapists. Therefore, if an individual contacts Queen of Hearts, Queen of Hearts will refer the individual to one or more of these therapists who will interview the individual. The interview will include an evaluation of the individual's needs and screening for precautions and contraindications. The therapist will assist the individual with setting goals and objectives, and ongoing consultation and the best course of treatment. All payment arrangements are made through the therapist and the therapist will pay Queen of Hearts according to the independent contract with the therapists.


If the individual and therapist agree to equine-assist therapies and activities, the therapist will have the individual fill out the registration forms which are required by Queen of Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. in addition to the therapist's own enrollment forms.


The therapist will contact Queen of Hearts and coordinate the treatment schedule and appropriate logistics needed from the ranch (i.e., horses, equine specialist, props)

EFP sessions are conducted rain or shine. However, the weather may dictate whether or not riding will be replaced with alternative activities. Mental health sessions will have a minimum of three (3) facilitators: the mental health practitioner, the equine specialist, and an equine. Each session is individually and carefully planned with the client's goals in mind but, because many sessions are experiential, the plans are flexible enough to be changed as necessary.

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