Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
Stable-Spirit is a nonprofit organization
providing EAP to youth and adults with a special interest in providing
mental health services to people experiencing the affects of crime,
crisis, trauma, and other issues that may put them at risk. Stable-Spirit
also works with families and groups to best support the needs of the
In EAP, an equine professional and licensed
therapist, involve horses in experiential activities on the ground in
a nonthreatening wayno riding. This technique is highly effective
because horses have a keen awareness of body language and will mirror
the feelings and intentions of others in their environment.
Horses provide a neutral medium for transference,
capture and hold attention, rapidly break down defense barriers, provide
immediate, honest, nonjudgmental feedback and magnificently reflect
the inherent beauty of life itself.
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prior knowledge of horses is necessary as neither EAP or EED have anything
to do with riding or horsemanship.
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Hippotherapy comes from the Greek word "hippos" and translates to treatment using the horse as a medical tool. It is a therapeutic tool used by Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech/Language Pathologists. Treatment is provided in an environment that is child friendly and caters to the individuals’ needs.
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Experiential Development (EED)
Stable-Spirit provides cutting-edge training
and development opportunities to companies, groups, individuals, and
schools. Leadership, team building, communication skills, problem solving
and confidence are just a few qualities that are enhanced in EED. Funds
generated from EED provide EAP services to clients needing assistance.
In the EED programs, an equine professional
and success coach involve horses in experiential activities on the ground
with a focus toward relating interactions with the horses to interactions
in the organization, or in life. It is amazing how the horses
response to clients reveals their strengths and weaknesses, offering
a powerful experiential opportunity to determine what is needed to effect
EED can be compared to a ROPES course, but
has the added advantage of using live beings with minds of their own
that respond to our thoughts and intentions.
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how when we invite the forces of nature to participate in the activities,
miracles happen that we could never have planned."
Kimberly Mendoza, Founder