What is Unbridled Healing?
Equine-assisted therapy and equine-assisted learning programs under the Eagala Model.
What does Unbridled Healing offer?
Equine-assisted (un-mounted) programs for:
What subjects does the Unbridled Healing team cover?
- Compassion Fatigue & Professional Burnout
- Trauma and PTSD
- Leadership Development
- Confidence Building After Injury or Accident
- Performance Anxiety
- Team Building
- Workplace Wellness
- Work-Life Balance
- Programs for Women and Girls
- And more!!!
*No horse experience required!
**All programs require closed toe shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, and water bottle
- Individuals: $125/45 minutes; $175 for 90 minutes
- Understanding Anxiety: $249 (full day)
- Running on Empty: A Compassion Fatigue Prevention Program for Caring Professionals: $199 (1/2 day)
- Anxiety Therapeutic Group: $300 (6-sessions, 1.5hrs/session)
- Trauma Therapeutic Group: $300 (6-sessions, 1.5hrs/session)
- 1/2 day programs: contact for information
- Full day programs: contact for information
- Customized programs: contact for information
Horses are amazing.
People will sometimes ask what makes Equine Assisted Psychotherapy different from Equine Assisted Learning
The programs offered by Unbridled Healing™ are unique in that they strictly adhere to the EAGALA Model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
Some folks say they offer equine programs that are therapeutic in nature because horses themselves are therapeutic to be around – true – but those are not actually therapy programs.
Please be mindful that Equine Assisted Learning (which is can be an awesome personal/professional development modality) is NOT therapy and should not be used for PTSD, anxiety, depression, etc… ANY of these should be approached from a therapeutic perspective with the presence of a qualified mental health professional. That’s not to say that people who are struggling with specific mental health concerns would not benefit from being around horses if there isn’t a mental health professional present, just that it is be ill-advised to promote any program as being designed to support those populations (1st responders, veterans, youth with anxiety, those living with depression, etc…) without the guidance and intervention of a mental health professional.
When working with vulnerable populations, it is so easy to slip into the zone of therapy without even realizing it and well-intentioned but unqualified facilitators run the risk of causing greater harm to the clients. Even in a corporate training or group development setting, powerful stuff can come to the surface that requires a professional’s understanding of how to assist the person in the moment. Qualified mental health professionals have the specialized training to do this – to intervene in appropriate ways at appropriate times without causing more harm. Please consider the standards of the EAGALA Model.
“THE EAGALA MODEL STANDARDS”
All Eagala sessions involve a team of licensed credentialed Mental Health Professional, qualified Equine Specialists, horses and clients.
No horseback riding is involved. Instead effective and deliberate techniques are utilized where the horses become metaphoric in specific ground-based experiences.
The basis of the Eagala Model is a belief that all clients have the best solutions for themselves when given the opportunity to discover them. Therapy focused experiences allow clients to explore, problem-solve, overcome challenges and discover.
CODE OF ETHICS
Eagala has high standards of practice and ethics and an ethics committee and protocol for upholding these standards, ensuring best practices and the highest level of care.”
When you attend a program offered by Unbridled Healing ™ you will be working with both an equine specialist with thousands of hours of equine experience and a qualified mental health professional trained in various therapeutic interventions.
“The EAGALA Model is an experiential framework specifically designed to allow participants the freedom to discover, learn, and grow from the unique horse-human relationship.”
Known as equine-assisted psychotherapy, or equine-assisted learning depending on the session objectives, the EAGALA Model is the global standard for professionals. With over 2,500 certified members in 45 countries, EAGALA sets the standard in the world of equine-assisted psychotherapy and personal development.
The EAGALA Model is highly professional.
EAGALA is the leading association offering a fully-developed, professionally endorsed treatment model for mental health professionals practicing equine-assisted psychotherapy. The EAGALA Model stands alone in the world of equine-assisted psychotherapy and personal development because of the model’s standards, code of ethics, continuing education requirements, replicable framework, and team approach. Under the EAGALA Model, both a registered, credentialed Mental Health Professional and a certified Equine Specialist work together collaboratively at all times to assure clients get the therapeutic attention and support they need as they make life changes.
The most effective work happens on the ground.
The EAGALA Model involves no riding or horsemanship, making it both safe and effective. Clients work directly with horses face-to-face on the same footing. This ground level work enables clients to better perceive the horses’ actions and reactions as they work to process and solve their life challenges. Under the trained eye of the EAGALA Treatment Team, horses offer clients honest feedback and usable information that helps them understand how their process and actions affect others and impacts their lives.
The EAGALA Model is client-centered and solution-oriented.
The work is built on the premise that it’s the clients who best determine the kinds of life changes they need to make in order to improve their lives. The job of the EAGALA treatment team is to put the EAGALA Model to work to meet the clients’ goals by engaging the unique intuitive power of horses to help them understand their process and practice the changes they want to make in a safe, supportive setting.
EAGALA is the only association with a code of ethics AND a process to uphold those ethics assuring the highest standard of care.
INTELLIGENT PREY ANIMALS
To evade predators, horses have evolved to be extremely sensitive to their environment. They instinctively analyze and react to our body language and other nonverbal cues providing us with valuable feedback and insights for other areas of our lives.
LARGE AND POWERFUL
It’s hard to ignore a horse with their size and presence. We can’t just control a powerful horse. Approaching horses helps us reflect how we approach our relationships and how we can face other big or overwhelming things in our lives.
HERD ANIMALS WITH DISTINCT PERSONALITIES
Horses are social animals with defined roles within a herd. They have distinct personalities, attitudes, and moods. They could be stubborn or they could be playful. In other words, horses are a lot like us.