Reins of Recovery is an equine assisted learning and psychotherapy program for Veterans developed by Upside in collaboration with the Robley Rex Veterans Administration of Louisville. This program is available to veterans suffering with PTSD, depression and anxiety type symptoms. All referrals are made by the Robley Rex VAMC.
If you are a veteran and you are interested in more information about this program please contact:
Brittany Priddy, LCSW
Local Recovery Coordinator
VMHC Liaison-Veterans’ Voices of Kentuckiana
Robley Rex VAMC, Louisville KY
What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy as defined by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA)
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially for mental and behavioral 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, behaviors, and patterns. This approach has been compared to the ropes courses used by therapists, treatment facilities, and human development courses around the world. But EAP has the added advantage of utilizing 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. Non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking and problem-solving, leadership, work, taking responsibility, teamwork and relationships, confidence, and attitude are several examples of the tools utilized and developed by EAP.
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