JS Equine Assisted Therapies

 

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, famlies, and groups.

 

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What is Equine Assisted Therapy?

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially to assist people to explore their mental health and behavioural issues through self-discovery.

It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals. 

EAP is experiential in nature.

This means that the session is directed by what the client is experiencing in the here and now, allowing the client to have control on their treatment goal.

Why Choose Equine Assisted Therapy?

It is my experience that a lot of people find it hard to express their feelings in a counselling room. This can be the case when people have been let-down by other humans in the past, resulting in the client building internal defence mechanisms to protect themselves. This is where Equine Therapy comes into play.

We incorporate horses into mental health treatment for people. As prey animals, horses respond to nonverbal messages, even unconsciousness, and their responses often remind clients of their goals, personal challenges, or relationships with themselves and others.

This provides a safe environment to work through those relationships, where the horses only change when we do.

Horses are experts at picking up emotion and atmosphere

as these are the skills that have kept them alive for thousands of years.

A horse will simply react to the energy it feels from you without judgement or having a hidden agenda. This gives the person a chance to look at their behaviour or actions in a non-threatening or judgemental way giving the person a lot more room to change.

Benefits of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

The focus of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is ground-based, with no horse-riding involved. This allows the client to focus on their inner self without external influence.

Non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, problem-solving, leadership skills, taking responsibility, teamwork, relationships, confidence, and attitude are several examples of the objectives people present with.

EAP is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach

that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, famlies, and groups.

EAP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including:

behavioural issues, attention deficit disorder, PTSD, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs.

Benefits of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

EAP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including:

behavioural issues, attention deficit disorder, PTSD, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs.

Meet Joe 

Joe Slattery is advanced certified in the fundamentals of the Eagala model of equine assisted counselling. Joe facilitates equine assisted counselling and personal development for individuals or families looking to address personal issues in a private and professional environment. Joe also provides equine assisted learning for groups and corporate events.

Joe has over ten years’ experience working in the area of family support and crisis intervention, working as an addiction counsellor since 2013 supporting under 18s with substance misuse and their families. He is the current Irish Network Coordinator (2018) and to date the only Eagala member with advanced certification in the country. Joe also sits on a number of advisory committees and boards for services working with vulnerable teens and families throughout the Midwest.

EAGALA Advanced Certified Professional

Founded in 1999, the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) is the leading international non-profit association for professionals using equine therapy (horse therapy) to address mental health and human development needs.

Their vision is that every person worldwide will have access to these therapy services known as Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning – www.eagala.org

Joe’s TEDx Talk

In 2018 Joe had the privilege of being a guest speaker the prestigious TEDx Fullbright event held in the Tivoli Theatre Dublin. Joe used this opportunity to share where his love for horses came from and how he now works in collaboration with these amazing animals to help others.

Joe’s TEDx Talk

In 2018 Joe had the privilege of being a guest speaker at the prestigious TEDx Fullbright event held in the Tivoli Theatre Dublin. Joe used this opportunity to share with us where his love for horses came from and how he now works in collaboration with these amazing animals to help others.

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Joe is one of 10-12 qualified Eagala Therpist in Ireland, based in Ballina North Tipperary we have worked with Joe and Niamh since we started our programmes.

When working with young people it is important to have patience, to be knowledgeable and to have a sense of humour. Joe had all these qualities in abundance. However, Joe’s most indelible attribute was the way he treated our children with respect. He respected their need for space, their privacy and the difficulties and life experiences they were bringing each week. He treated them with compassion to their individual circumstances while also motivated and encouraging them to go beyond their own expectations of themselves. Joe has positively impacted on the lives of our young people who completed his programme and has equipped them with certain skills to help themselves cope with the pressures they face daily and for that we will forever be indebted to him and his team.

Stand in my Shoes 

Want to try it?

JS Equine Therapies facilitates free demonstrations to show case the effects of equine Assisted psychotherapy to potential clients or service providers interested in referring clients in. We also facilitate one day introduction workshops for people interested in training in the Eagala model.
Contact Joe

Get in touch

Joe Slattery

Tel: 085 142 5115

Email: joe@jsequinetherapies.ie


It’s great to have the Eagala Fundamentals training in Ireland. Sharing the learning with people from the UK, Israel & Finland.The area of equine assisted counselling is always evolving, that is why a key component of your membership with Eagala is the requirement of CPD hours. https://t.co/hDPtToBd6y js_ltd photo

After just completing Mizen to Malin going through the middle of the country, I have to say @LimerickCouncil @TipperaryCoCo @ClareCoCo you really need to talk to your colleagues in the Midlands to learn how to maintain good road surfaces. 🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️

Done and dusted Mizen to Malen 640km in aid of @NorthstarFamil1. If you would like to donate you know what to do 😉

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Day 2 of our Mizen to Malin completed. Difficult day with constant rain from Mallow to Birr. Today we will cover 170km heading for Enniskillen, hopefully the sun will shine for awhile. If you would like to donate https://t.co/TnI0oBWtoj https://t.co/BNmqjO5kMh js_ltd photo

Cycling jerseys all sorted for our cycle from Mizen to Malen starting tomorrow 😯. Fingers crossed the wind stays at our backs and the sun on our faces 🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️. Big thankyou to the business that sponsored the cost of this Jerseys 🙏
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I was having a chat with Joe Nash on Live 95fm this morning

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