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:

Hosted on the gorgeous grounds of Gleneayre Farm, Meghan McFadden offers services in Equine Facilitated Mental Health which include:

  • 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.

Get to Know Our Expert

Meghan McFadden MSW, LSW, Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, PATH INTL.

Meghan began her career volunteering at a facility near her hometown that offered equine-facilitated mental health services when this form of treatment was still in its beginning phases. After volunteering, she returned as an intern while completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Rider University. She then completed her Master’s Degree in Mental Health and Military Social Work from the University of Southern California.

Since then she spent time in various agencies, shaping her therapeutic approaches and gaining knowledge from others in the field and is excited to be working with the wonderful facility and animals through the Gleneayre Equestrian Program.

For More Information

For more information on the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Program please contact Meghan McFadden.

609-248-6555 – Mcfaddenlsw@gmail.com

Please do not email regarding referrals due to confidentiality, thank you.

Those associated with the military, including active- and non-active-duty military personnel, military families, and children of military families may receive services at a reduced rate.

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 the Equine Facilitated Mental Health.