DEBORAH WHALEN EQUINE

EQUINE FACILITATED PSYCHOTHERAPY
https://deborahwhalenequine.com


Deborah Whalen Equine- Santa Fe Equine Facilitated Therapy

LICENSED CLINICAL PROFESSIONAL

My wanderings have led me to walk alongside horses.
I am humbled, healed in their graceful, majestic presence.
— D. Whalen, LCSW

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.