MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS
Why Does It Work
As trained facilitators we are able to deliver effective and valuable experiential learning activities
with horses for individuals suffering from various mental health issues. Working with horses offers a unique opportunity to partake in a one of a kind alternative treatment intervention that is designed to foster personal growth and improve cognitive and emotional resiliency. We work very closely with our mental health clients during their recovery and understand that each person has different needs. Some of the demographics we work with include but are not limited to:
Combining experiential learning with Certified Equine Facilitation (CEF) in life skill development and treatment of mental health related disorders has been well researched and proven to deliver a powerful and unforgettable learning experience. Please note, CEF is not a riding program, clients work from the ground with the horses to achieve the skill driven objectives.
As an approved ICBC Service Provider you may qualify for funding with a direct referral from your Occupational Therapist or Health Care Provider if your injuries or issues are a result of a motor vehicle accident. If you do not have an OT please contact us for assistance with obtaining an appropriate referral request.
What Is Experiential Learning
Experiential learning is the process of learning through a particular experience, more specifically defined as learning through the reflection of doing. The same actions brings the same results. If you want long lasting, sustainable results, then you have to change your approach to learning. We understand that change happens differently in each person but that self reflection is key. This is why all sessions utilize the experiential learning model. The general concept of learning through experience is quite ancient dating back to around 350 BCE, Aristotle wrote in Nicomachean Ethics "for things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them". From a modern day educational approach, experiential learning was heavily developed in the early 1970s by David A. Kolb who laboriously drew from the work of John Dewey, Kurt Lewin, and Jean Piaget.
We offer various packages of sessions depending on the needs outlined by each client. Generally, packages range from two sessions up to ten sessions with greater discounts on larger packages. For a complete pricing list please visit our Pricing and Packages Page. The objective of the program is life skill development and cognitive remediation. Each session builds skills for the next and follows a logical order of progression in order to meet the skill driven objectives.
Our education and experience as Clinical Kinesiologists combined with Certification in Equine Facilitated Learning means that we are able to design sessions and select horses that will best fit each client in order to reach goal oriented objectives while ensuring both parties are safe at all times. Sessions are designed to promote physical engagement, cognitive remediation, and skill development in problem solving, decision making, negotiation, self-confidence, self-awareness, leadership, trust, teamwork, communication, impulse control, emotional regulation, anger
management and cognitive awareness.
Additionally, the sessions assist in fostering healthy coping skills. The benefits of equine facilitated skill development programs are extensive and have been documented over the last several decades.
To learn more about the specific benefits click here.
New intakes monthly, please fill out the contact form below to enquire about availability!
What people say...
Thank you Elisse and your team for bringing me such an extraordinary experience! I saw myself more clearly through the eyes of these beautiful creatures.
- Lan Liu, RMT
I think EFL is an excellent tool to help build a person's insight into their challenges and make immediate changes for life.
- Amanda Richmond, Occupational Therapist
Equilibria Therapeutics has brought the research supporting use of Equine Facilitated Learning to help people struggling with dysfunction related to mental health, physical pain, and brain injury to life!
- Sarah Clarke, BSc. Kin