Equine Assisted Therapy
Ann Gelsheimer works in partnership with equine specialists to offer Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). This experiential form of psychotherapy based on interactions with horses on the ground (no riding is involved) is helpful for a wide range of client needs including improving self-confidence, developing assertiveness and healthy boundaries, building trust, forming healthier relationships, healing from trauma, developing focus and concentration for persons with ADHD, building leadership skills, uncovering issues related to depression, and there are many other possible applications. EAP is based on the heightened sensitivity to body language that horses have mastered by necessity as prey animals, who have learned to survive by constantly monitoring their environments. Horses provide immediate and accurate feedback based on what a person is presenting in that moment and will change their behavior as a person shifts internally and changes his or her behavior. Horses also have distinct personalities, enjoy play, never lie, and are non-judgmental, providing a safe opportunity to build trust and to learn more about how we are relating in our other relationships. EAP can be offered on its own or as a part of traditional office-based psychotherapy.
Ann has pursued training with the internationally recognized organization Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) and is continuing her professional development with Equine Alchemy in the USA.