Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Services

Equine Therapy in San Diego

Equine Assisted Therapy is a form of experiential therapy that includes equine(s). It may include, but is not limited to, a number of mutually beneficial equine activities such as observing, handling, grooming, ground work, therapeutic riding and structured challenging exercises focused on the client’s needs and goals.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy has shown evidenced-based efficacy in children and adults with depression, anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders, conduct disorders, trauma, dementia, substance abuse and addiction, spectrum disorders, emotional regulation, and other socio-emotional difficulties.

We offer Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for:

  • Adults
  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Families

Aspiring Families offers Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in San Diego County with a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the EAGALA model of Equine Assisted Therapy, in conjunction with traditional psychotherapy with our team members in the office. Our EAGALA trained licensed clinical psychologist has almost 20 years of mental health experience with adolescents, children and adults, in addition to multiple years of expertise in Equine Assisted Therapy. The Equine Assisted Therapy takes place at a ranch about 15 minutes from the main office. Each session is 50-60 minutes long and is typically reimbursable by your PPO insurance.

The benefits of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy include improvements in:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Substance Abuse
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Obsessions and Compulsions
  • Impulse Control
  • Social Skills
  • Trust
  • Confidence
  • Self-Efficacy
  • Identity and Self-Concept
  • Self-Acceptance
  • Communication
  • Social Skills
  • Creativity and Spontaneity
  • Growth with Nature

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy provides the client with opportunities to enhance self-awareness and re-pattern maladaptive behaviors, feelings, and attitudes. Equine Assisted Therapy can result in significant changes in cognition, mood, judgment, insight, coping, perception, communication, self-esteem, and resiliency.