Honey Creek Counseling and Recovery Services, LLC, utilizes the Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association's (EAGALA) model of equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning. The EAGALA model is a 4-pronged approach.
1. Ground-Based: This model does not utilize riding. In fact horsemanship skills are not even mentioned nor taught. The rationale behind this is that a relationshipd are formed from the "ground" up. Therapy involves interacting with the horse and observing both the horse's reactions to you, and your actions, reactions, and feelings toward the horse. As one of EAGALA's founders, Mickey DiGiacomo magnificently put it, "You can't look in a mirror if you're sitting on it."
2. Solution-Focused: The EAGALA concentrates on the client's autonomy and capacity to solve their own problems. Many times clients come to therapy "stuck." The EAGALA model allows clients the freedom to experiment, problem-solve, and trial solutions to problems, which can help clients gain insight, clarity, and arrive at the solution that works best for them.
3. Team Approach: A treatment team composed of a Licensed Mental Health Professional and an Equine Specialist is utilized at all sessions. The mental health professional is responsible for the treatment and/or learning goals of the client(s) and the equine specialist is responsible for monitoring horse behaviors along with physical safety.
4. Code of Ethics: As a professional organization, EAGALA has developed and practitioners abide by a code of ethics designed to protect practitioner integrity and he best interests of the clients and equines..
For more information on EAGALA, please click on the following link: EAGALA Model