What does EAAC stand for?
Equine and Animal Assisted Counseling.
What is EAAC?
EAAC is a psychotherapy that helps emotionally hurting individuals build a relationship with a horse or other animal to bring about transformation and healing.
Who can benefit from EAAC?
EAAC can benefit individuals suffering from:
- Severe Trauma
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Eating disorders
- Behavioral problems
- Other mental health issues
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At the core of all mental health issues is relationship: Relationships with ourselves, and relationships with others. Through emotionally connecting with our animals, clients experience relationships akin to those they have in the real world. As the animals give feedback to clients in the moment, our counselors help identify unhealthy behavioral patterns, then they introduce new habits for clients to practice. The animals at Ranch Hands Rescue have their own trauma to bear, which further strengthens the relationship bond. Coupled with a serene, soothing landscape, our ranch promotes a unique brand of healing.
Who do I see for EAAC therapy?
We use only Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) and LPC Interns with advance college degrees. Our counselors are highly trained in traditional and other effective treatment modalities like Equine/Animal Assisted Counseling.
- We partner abused and neglected animals with our clients which further enhances the effectiveness of the counseling in that the client understands the hardships and challenges the animal has faced.
- Our peaceful ranch setting provides a serene place for healing.
What’s the difference between EAAC and riding therapy?
We are not a riding therapy program. We rather focus on serious mental health issues. We specialize in helping people overcome the negative effects of trauma. In fact, we are unique in that we are the only non-profit Equine/Animal Assisted Counseling program in the country that focuses only on mental health counseling, partners children with abused and neglected animals and uses only Licensed Professional Counselors with advance college degrees and special training in trauma informed therapy and other treatment modalities.
We serve a different client base than other Equine/Animal Assisted riding programs. We focus on issues such as trauma from physical and sexual abuse, depression, anger, anxiety, grief/loss, substance abuse and eating disorders while the other animal/riding programs focus on people with cognitive disorders and physical challenges such as autism, cerebral palsy and spina bifida.
Who do I call to learn more?