Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning

The Center for Trauma, Stress and Anxiety partners with Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding (CTR) to offer Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning. Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning has been gaining popularity within the United States and abroad. Horses have demonstrated their ability to create powerful metaphoric experiences that promote personal insight and growth. Our Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning program offers clients a new way to connect with themselves, process their emotions and explore behaviors and relationship patterns that have become problematic in their day-to-day lives.

Equine Assisted Therapy has recently been gaining attention among combat veterans who struggle with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It’s also shown to be beneficial for those suffering with anxiety and depression, relationship problems, work-related challenges, and more. Equine Assisted Therapy can be done as your primary treatment, or it can be done to supplement the work you’re already doing in your traditional sessions with your therapist. The choice is yours!

Similar to executive coaching, Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) provides opportunities for individuals and teams to:

  • Improve leadership skills
  • Become more effective communicators
  • Amplify creativity and problem-solving
  • Increase productivity
  • Foster greater teamwork
  • Boost cohesion and morale
  • Developing high performing

Whether you’re interested in Equine Assisted Therapy or Learning, there is no horseback riding, so no experience with horses is required! Participants interact with horses on the ground, through structured activities. Even those with previous horse experience are challenged as these activities are “not about the horse.”