- Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
- October 2010 - Volume 48 · Issue 10: 30-34
Equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is an approach in which horses are an integral part of the therapeutic process. This article provides an overview of EAP, including a brief historical perspective, key definitions, and review of pertinent literature. Benefits of the approach are presented, from the standpoint of field observations, client self-reports, and formal research articles. Rather than offer a comprehensive literature review, this article is intended to help non-EAP practitioners become more familiar with the approach.
Dr. Masini is a clinical psychologist, holder of Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) Level II Certification, and Owner/Founder, Equine-Person Connection, Knoxville, Tennessee.
The author discloses that she has no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support.
Address correspondence to Angela Masini, PhD, Owner/Founder, Equine-Person Connection, 4877 Chambliss Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37919; e-mail: .email@example.com