Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2022

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Aaron Suomala-Folkerds


Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Mental Health, Group Manual


Therapies incorporating horses for physical, mental, and emotional purposes have recently risen in popularity. Equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP)* is a therapeutic tool that utilizes horses and a mental health provider to achieve specific treatment goals for their clients. Although very little literature has been developed on utilizing EAP with individuals with trauma, the results present to be promising. The benefits of using horses in sessions includes practicing interpersonal and communication skills, gaining somatic awareness, and learning to regulate emotions. A synopsis of the current literature has been combined into a review and group manual was created for those who are wanting to learn and implement equine assisted psychotherapy into their practice.

Keywords: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, mental health, group manual



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