EFP Facilitated Pyschotherapy

What is Equine Facilitated Pyschotherapy (EFP)?

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy is defined as a form of experiential psychotherapy that includes equine(s).  It may include, but is not limited to, a number of mutually beneficial equine activities such as handling, grooming, longeing, riding, driving, and vaulting.  Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy is a treatment approach within the classification of Equine Assisted Therapy that provides the client with opportunities to enhance self-awareness and re-pattern maladaptive behaviors, feelings and attitudes.

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy may be used for people with psycho-social issues and mental health needs that result in any significant variation in cognition, mood, judgment, insight, anxiety level, perception, social skills, communication, behavior, or learning.  Examples  include but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Behavioral Difficulties
  • Other Mental Illness, such as Schizophrenia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, Receptive or Expressive Language Disorders, Personality Disorders, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, etc.

Major Life Changes such as environmental trauma, divorce, grief and loss, etc.

2 Responses to EFP Facilitated Pyschotherapy

  1. Mackenzie Ansley says:

    Hello, I am a Psychology student at Concord University and I have been riding since I was little. I love psychology and the everything that has to do with therapy and the mind. Especially when it has a role with horses. I was reading what you wrote about EFP and it was really interesting. I was wondering if you could explain it more and how you use it at your riding school.

    • Jam TePoel says:

      Hi. Sorry for the delay in responding- didn’t see your comment until now. Feel free to send me an email with your specific questions to



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