Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families, and groups. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioural issues, attention deficit disorder, PTSD, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially for mental and behavioural health therapy and personal development. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals.


EAP is experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviours, and patterns. This approach has been compared to the ropes courses used by therapists, treatment facilities, and human development courses around the world. EAP has the added advantage of utilising horses, dynamic and powerful living beings.

The focus of EAP is NOT riding or horsemanship. The focus of EAP involves setting up ground activities involving the horses which will require the client or group to apply certain skills.
EAP can be delivered privately or in group sessions depending on individual requirements, it is recommended for maximum benefit that clients complete six sessions of therapy.
Although this type of therapy is perhaps not as well known as others, it is very powerful and effective, for further information please click on the link below which gives a brief introduction to Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.

Olivia’s Special Horses are offering a 6 week course of Eagala Equine Assisted Psychotherapy with Emma Donoghue and Denise Sadlier. All of you will be familiar with Emma but maybe not Denise. Denise is our resident psychotherapist and has both worked and specialised in the area of mental health for many years.

For further information and bookings contact us on 086 159 4997