Equine Facilitated Mental Health (EFMH)

What is Equine Facilitated Mental Health?

Equine Facilitated Mental Health (EFMH) is a powerful methodology providing alternative counseling services to those interested in therapy outside of the office setting. EFMH is accessible to anyone, regardless of if you have any experience with horses, as it is a non-riding based program. Interactions with horses are performed on the ground and are designed to encourage deep self-reflection, and we believe that clients have the best solutions to their own problems, and so we take a solution-oriented approach.

As prey animals, horses have an innately heightened awareness of their surroundings and the emotions of other horses and people. They often mirror clients’ behaviors and attitudes, demonstrating that they can change outcomes in their own lives by modifying their behavior. For these reasons, horses can lead to powerful therapeutic breakthroughs.

Equine Facilitated Mental Health can help to strengthen relationships and improve social interactions; it is well-suited to address such conditions as: PTSD, TBI, Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Self-Esteem, Eating disorders, and more. Through a dynamic therapeutic approach, clients learn about themselves and others through horses.

What We Offer:

  • Individual, couple, family, and group therapy sessions with an equestrian partnership.
  • An alternative to “typical” office therapy that may not have been successful for some patients.
  • Assistance in improving: self-esteem, positive behaviors, social skills, interpersonal activities, and more.
  • A relationship with a horse that will reflect emotions, provide support, and build confidence.

Equine Facilitated Mental Health Services are provided exclusively by a licensed mental health professional. Gleneayre Equestrian Program takes no responsibility for the clinical counseling or social work aspects of Equine Facilitated Mental Health.