DEBORAH WHALEN EQUINE
EQUINE FACILITATED PSYCHOTHERAPY
LICENSED CLINICAL PROFESSIONAL
Masters of Social Work, NY
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, NM and NY
Certified Eating Disorder Specialist
Certification in the Treatment of Trauma
Founder, Executive Director and Clinical Director at
Zephyrus of Santa Fe, Eating Disorder Recovery Center
WHY EQUINE FACILITATED PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Research shows that Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy is effective for treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD & other challenges. Outcomes include increased confidence, self-esteem, assertiveness, emotional regulation, greater ease with setting boundaries, as well as resourcefulness.
EFP also effects change at the physiological level. Studies show that animal-assisted therapy reduces cortisol, a stress hormone associated with inflammation, impaired cognition & blood sugar imbalance. In addition, spending time with horses and other animals lowers blood pressure, facilitates the release of oxytocin, a natural chemical that promotes feelings of positivity and connection.
EFP is offered to Individual Children, Teens & Adults
COUPLES & FAMILY THERAPY
When couples or families engage with horses in a therapeutic manner issues of dependency, power, conflict & communication can be addressed.
Couples and families typically seek psychological help when relationships are painful & when communication has broken down.
The non-verbal nature of the horse lends itself to analysis and processing as well as an opportunity for participants to become better observers of themselves, their partners, and their family members.
Poor communication and unclear boundaries with horses immediately reveal what is NOT working, Unlike people, horses do not hide their reactions. It is impossible to influence a horse without clarity & honesty. In EFP with couples and families, participants must work together in order to engage the horse in the task or activity assigned by the therapist. These activities mirror experiences in interpersonal, romantic & familial relationships. EFP can assist with knowing how to effectively relate to others through enhanced intimacy while decreasing conflict and isolation.