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Equine Assisted Therapy

Therapy Associates offers equine therapy services for individuals and groups.  Kena Frey, LCSW is the therapist who oversees this program and uses equine work in her therapy with individuals struggling with a variety of issuses including trust, control and bonding.  

In addition to her training as a licensed clinical social worker, Kena is also trained in EGALA and is able to share her expertise in treating trauma through the use of equine therapy.

Equine assisted therapy sessions occur in an off-site location in the Washington Fields area of St. George.  Maps to the property are available for clients at the Therapy Associates offices.

What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)?

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a mental health professional and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals.  


Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is similar but focuses on learning or educational goals.The focus of EAP and EAL is not riding or horsemanship. It involves setting up ground activities with the horses which will require the client or group to apply certain skills.


Activities with the horses are designed to reflect real life issues. This allows the client and therapist to “see” where the problems are and find solutions that work. Clients quickly recognize unhealthy patterns and enact new behaviors.


The horses don’t accept “talk” -clients have to make sincere, life-long changes. People learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns.


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7 Ways Equine Assisted Therapy Can Help You

  1. Effectiveness. The EAGALA model creates interactive sessions with horses that allow clients and therapists to“see” where the problems are and find ways to solve them.  In the sessions, the focus is on doing, being active in-the moment,and finding solutions that provide faster, more permanent change. It is effective for clients of all ages and conditions.

  2. Uncovers the REAL client, quickly. Through experiential activities, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy helps you to immediately see how couples and individuals act and react to different situations, giving you a clearer picture of what you need to do to help.

  3. Professionalism. The EAGALA model requires a licensed mental health care professional and an experienced horse professional working together as a team forthe benefit of the client. EAGALA certification requires intensive training, continuing education, and adherence to a high standard of practice and ethics.

  4. Makes the Process More Engaging.Because Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is active and effective,the process is more engaging for both you and your clients. Once a horse enters the equation, everyone is instantly attentive and engaged in the process.

  5. Gets Clients Past the Sticking Points.Everyone can hit a wall in therapy where the client remain stuck in old patterns and attitudes. The EAGALA model can help you and your clients get out of the rut and back on track.7 WAYS EAGALA’S EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY CAN HELP YOU AND YOUR CLIENTS SUCCEED

  6. Great for Individuals and Groups.Whether working with individuals or groups, the horses provide powerful opportunities to address social skills, communication issues, and other dynamics necessary for healthy, meaningful relationships.

  7. Provides Real Solutions. EAGALA offers a model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy where therapists and clients alike are excited by the process. Whether used for treating all forms of addiction, trauma, social and behavioral disorders, and other issues, clients find the sessions meaningful leading to real and long-lasting change.