Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling: Adding Animal Assisted Therapy to Your Practice

Front Cover
Kay Sudekum Trotter
Taylor & Francis, Apr 27, 2012 - Psychology - 308 pages

This book will help licensed professional counselors incorporate Equine Assisted Counseling (EAC) into their practices, even those who have little prior experience working with horses. It provides a strong research foundation for understanding the efficacy of equine assisted interventions and the potentially powerful impact that a horse can have in creating a new counseling dynamic. Chapters address using horses to help clients dealing with various traumas and abuse, anxiety, depression, atypical behaviors, and social skills and communication issues. Additionally, a chapter by the internationally renowned "horse whisperer" Pat Parelli offers a look at EAC from the horse’s point of view and demonstrates developing a relationship with a therapy horse in a positive, safe, and respectful manner. Counselors will find this a valuable resource for understanding and utilizing EAC as a new resource in their own practices, as will students seeking to learn about this innovative approach.


What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


CHAPTER 1 Equine Assisted Interventions in Mental Health
CHAPTER 2 Looking at Equine Assisted Counseling From the Horses Perspective
CHAPTER 3 Techniques That Address Trauma
CHAPTER 4 Techniques That Explore Anxiety and Depression
CHAPTER 5 Techniques That Speak to Atypical Behaviors
CHAPTER 6 Techniques That Focus on Social Skills and Communication
CHAPTER 7 Techniques That Improve SelfEsteem and SelfWorth

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2012)

Kay Sudekam Trotter, PhD, is the Founder of Equine Partners in Counseling (EPIC), a structure to develop resources for counselors to utilize in incorporating equine assisted counseling into more traditional counseling modalities. She is also President of Counseling Services PLLC in Flower Mound, Texas.

Bibliographic information