Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is a process in which humans explore issues in collaboration with horses. The introductory four-hour equine therapy workshop at Bella Monte offers our clients an opportunity to learn why horses are valuable as healers, how to be safe around horses, how to define their own therapeutic goals, and to actually have a healing experience with a horse of their choosing. No equine experience is required. Those with extensive equine experience will also benefit. There is no mounted work in this workshop. Current research points to the general health and psychological benefits of connection with animals. Studies show that simple contact with an animal can lower blood pressure and respiration rates and provide a sense of wellbeing. We have learned that the benefits of collaborating with animals goes far beyond those simple but powerful benefits.
Bella Monte works with EAGALA certified equine therapist Gail Hromadko. Gail Hromadko, M.A., M.F.T. (MFT 31927) is a Marriage & Family Therapist licensed for over 20 years. She is an EAGALA Level II certified equine therapist and a Certified Equine Interaction Professional – Mental Health (CEIP-MH). Her specializations include over 30 years working with chemical/codependency and other addictive syndromes, trauma including PTSD, mood and anxiety disorders, GLBT issues, and couples therapy. She has been exploring the nature of healing in connection with horses for 8 years.