Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)


Transforming lives one hoofprint at a time, our equine-assisted therapy offers individuals a path to healing, growth, and empowerment.


Bringing families together through horses, promoting emotional well-being, and fostering lasting bonds in a serene therapeutic setting.


Unlock the potential of your group with our equine-assisted therapy, cultivating teamwork, communication, and growth in a tranquil, supportive setting.

What is EAP?

EAP is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a trained horse professional that works with clients and horses to address treatment goals. EAP is considered a short-term or a “brief” approach to therapy because it has a high level of intensity.

EAP is an experiential therapy, which means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and the processing (and discussing) of feelings, behaviors, and patterns.  EAP has been compared to therapists using ropes courses, but the primary difference is that EAP has an added advantage of utilizing horses, which are dynamic and powerful living beings.

Not all programs or individuals who use horses for growth and learning use EAGALA-model.  Based upon the EAGALA model (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) there needs to be a licensed therapist, a highly trained horse professional, and a horse to complete therapy.  The focus of EAGALA-model EAP is not based upon riding or horsemanship, but is set up around using ground activities with the horse.

At Refuge, the core foundation to the
EAGALA model, includes:

The Team Approach – An Equine Specialist, an EAGALA certified Mental Health professional, and horses work together with clients in all EAGALA sessions

Focus on the ground – All EAGALA sessions are on the ground with horses (no mounted work)

Solution-Oriented – The belief that our clients have the best solutions for themselves forms a foundation for the EAGALA approach.  Rather than instructing or directing solutions, we allow our clients to experiment, problem-solve, take risks, employ creativity, and find their own solutions that work best for them.

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Code of Ethics – EAGALA has a code of ethics, and a standard of professionalism and ethics.

How does eap help?

EAP benefits the client by presenting an opportunity to build life and social skills that are needed to enhance the client’s life.  This is accomplished by the therapist incorporating tools to help the client, such as; non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, problem solving, leadership, taking responsibility, team work, relationship building, confidence building, and attitude improving.

Who can benefit

EAP is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families, and groups.  Anyone that has mental health or development needs that wants to improve their lives and desires change. The types of conditions and needs that are served include:
  • Behavioral needs
  • Substance Abuse
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Depression
  • Communication needs
  • Eating Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Disorder
  • Emotional Disabilities
  • Abuse/Neglect issues
  • Relationship problems
  • Parenting
  • Anger Management

Programs available utilizing EAP:

Champions: Adolescent Therapy Group

A grant funded group therapy program for children and adolescents, ages 8-18, who need assistance in behavior, relationships, and or emotions.  Having the program in a group setting addresses the common stressors in a social setting to help build social skills along with coping skills.  The registration for the program is $25.00, and the cost of the program is covered by Grant Funding.  There is a minimum of 3 Champion sessions per year. Check our calendar or contact us to find out when the next session starts.

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Please contact our office to be pre-approved before completing the registration packet.

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Contact Us

Phone – (806) 748-7202

Fax – (806) 748-0972

Address – 8405 South M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Lubbock, TX 79404

Mailing Address: PO Box 53684 Lubbock TX 79453

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