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Definitions & Terms

What is Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)?

Equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) involves the use and experiences with horses to improve emotional growth and learning. The work that is done with the horses is on the ground. Horses are not ridden. EAP is a collaborative effort involving the client, a horse, a mental health professional and a horse professional who work as a team in order to address the treatment goals.

Our EAP program is designed for First Responder individuals with post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) symptoms.


The program provides the following benefits to our clients:


  • Increases confidence by tackling new projects with the horses, which leads to improved self-esteem

  • Improves self-efficacy by learning to communicate more clearly, and thereby reducing feelings of helplessness and de-motivation

  • Increases self-awareness by developing a more realistic view of themselves by becoming aware of their size in relation to the horse

  • Improves communication strategies (verbal and non-verbal) by becoming aware of a horse’s sensitivity to non-verbal communication

  • Improves assertiveness

  • Increases trust

  • Changes the focus from their mental distress to caring for a horse through activities such as grooming

  • Reduces anxiety

  • Decreases isolation and improves social skills

  • Increases self-acceptance

  • Regulates impulse control


WATCH VIDEOS explaining Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and how it can help.

What is Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)?

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?


EMDR helps to diminish traumatic memories by reprocessing them so that they are no longer psychologically disruptive.  EMDR also helps to reduce the traumatic symptoms and harmful coping strategies.

Our EMDR program is designed for individuals with post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) symptoms specific to first responders and uniformed emergency professionals.



Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps change people's patterns of distressing thoughts and unhealthy behaviours in order to reduce the anxiety and depression associated with trauma.

Our CBT program is designed for individuals with post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) symptoms, such as first responders and uniformed emergency professionals.

Who is considered a "First Responder"?


  • Police officers

  • Fire fighters, fire investigators

  • Ambulance service managers

  • Emergency medical attendants

  • Workers involved in dispatch

  • Workers in a correctional institution

  • Paramedics

  • Members of an emergency response team

  • Nurses

  • Military

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