Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Dr Anja Kriegeskotten

Psychiatrist for children and adults

Special Interest in Trauma

EAGALA certified to provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Horses facilitate emotional healing in people.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy uses the innate ability of horses to mirror emotions, thereby assisting people to access and process subconscious emotional struggles, leading to healing.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy


Equine Assisted Psychotherapy with Dr Anja Kriegeskotten 
Horses helping heal people's hearts.

Horses have the natural ability to sense the emotions of others around them , reflect them like a mirror, which brings subconscious emotional struggles into our awareness. We can then access and process it, make sense of it and file it into memory. The turmoil eases and emotional healing can occur. 

We use the EAGALA model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

How does Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)work?

Horses have finely tuned senses such as hearing, smell and touch. Their senses are so acute that they can even sense the aggression of a predator lurking in the bushes. In a herd, horses sense each other's feelings and naturally mirror this to each other via body language. This helps the survival of the herd. 
Horses can also sense our emotional state, even when we are not aware of it. This natural ability of horses is used by introducing a person or a small group of people to a small herd of horses.
This is not about horsemanship or dominating the horses nor about riding, but about becoming a guest member of the herd. Horses will then naturally reflect to the person
what is going on for that person emotionally at this time. Our psychiatrist  Anja can help them make sense of this experience. The experience occurs without words and therefore there is no risk of miscommunication via spoken language. This is very effective.

Emotions that lie under the surface tend to bother us humans more than the ones we are aware of and can work through. When horses in EAP reflect what our feelings to us, it
brings our subconscious emotions to the surface and we can think them through, make sense of them and file them into memory.  They then don't bother us so much anymore.

Studies have shown that EAPcan often help people in less sessions than traditional in office therapies. EAP can even help those, who don't want to or can't talk about their problems,
as EAP is experienced through body language. The person relates to horses rather than people, which can be easier for some people, such as those who have experienced interpersonal trauma as they often find it difficult to trust and relate to others. It can be easier for them to receive the message directly from the horse's mouth :-)

I also offer traditional in office sessions for an intial psychiatric assessment and then as needed to help people work through issues that come to the surface in EAP sessions.
To book an appointment please call The Village Family Practice on Ph. 3150 0900

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