Team EQUUS, a service provided by the Behman Hospital, is part of the EAGALA Network of more than 4,400 mental health Professionals and Equine Specialists in 50 countries. EAGALA Professionals are trained and credentialed to offer The EAGALA Model exclusively to their clients.
Horses are uniquely sensitive to the feelings of those around them and respond in ways which reflect aspects of one self and our relationships.
The EAGALA Model is an innovative ethical set of best practices that builds on the Human/ Horse connection to help people learn more about themselves and to use that learning to change their lives.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is a form of psychotherapy that incorporates mental health professionals an equine specialist and horses. EAP and (EAL) Equine assisted learning are facilitated in a safe environment, with all activities completed on the ground. There is NO RIDING Involved. It addresses a range of mental health issues including PTSD, abuse, substance abuse and eating disorders. It supports depression, anxiety, relationship problems, emotional and personality disorders.
Equine therapy is very unique, encompassing techniques in practice that reach out supporting many client groups including autism spectrum disorder. EAP supports individuals, couples, families and groups with significant positive outcome. This therapeutic experiential approach is metaphoric in its practice. It encourages clients to re connect and enhance their emotions, feelings and beliefs to make sense of self. EAP supports clients to recognize these behaviors and the impact they have on themselves and others.
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) works in the same way but utilizes the horse in therapy sessions working with business professionals, schools, universities. It focuses on skills such as communication verbal and non- verbal, personal development, creativity, problem solving, team building and leadership skills.
Naturally intimidating to many, horses are large and powerful. This creates a natural opportunity for individuals to overcome fear and develop confidence. Working alongside horses in spite of these fears creates confidence and responsibility which provides wonderful insight to real life challenging situations. Horses have characteristics similar to human behavioral responses and social structure. As a prey animal, horses are highly sensitive to human moods, nonverbal communication.
The equine human bond mirrors the private world of the individual. Horses elicit a range of emotions and behaviors in humans that can be used as a catalyst for personal awareness and growth. Evidence shows Equine assisted Psychotherapy has a special ability to work through emotional stresses.
We are very proud that Team Equus on behalf of Behman Hospital are the first to offer Equine Psychotherapy to Egypt and the Arab world.