Equine Assisted Therapy
The Pegasus Program teams horses with a Mental Health Professional and an Equine Specialist to provide individual, family, and group sessions. These sessions focus on ground work with horses (no riding), with the horses supporting clients through the use of metaphor and skills. This program uses the EAGALA model of equine assisted therapy. Clients learn by practicing skills in real-time, which makes the experience immediate. Experiences are then tied into what is occurring in the clients’ lives. The EAGALA Model is so effective because it is driven by the science that humans learn best by doing. The model utilizes a totally hands-on approach where clients are given the space to project and think critically about their situations, make connections, and problem solve. Since the solutions clients come up with are experienced in combination with intellectual understanding, they tend to be more impactful and longer lasting.