We are delighted to announce that we are now offering Equine Assisted Therapy in the EAGALA model. Sarah Rabinowitz Mognoni, Executive Director and Certified Equine Specialist, will be working alongside Jessica Ring, LPC and other regional mental health professionals to provide therapy in this model, which focuses on unmounted work, client based solutions, a team approach to professional facilitation, and experiential learning. Sessions are individually designed with horses and clients by both the mental health professional and the equine specialist and are extraordinarily effective in the creation of a sense of safety for clients experiencing a wide range of communication difficulties. PTSD, traumatic brain injury, domestic violence, family interventions, addictions and even corporate/management issues can be addressed in EAGALA sessions. The horses, unbridled, and at liberty with clients, serve as metaphors for clients telling their own stories with professional observation but little or no intervention, creating complete freedom for people who ordinarily feel restricted-not dissimilar in effect to music, dance, and art therapies. Labrador Hill's program is also focused on work with veterans and the military, Sarah Rabinowitz Mognoni having completed training in this field as well.
"I have observed that people change when uncomfortable. And people grow when challenged. This philosophy relates to ourselves as well as to our clients. The goal of un-training is to help us question, and find our own answers. ...A fundamental belief of the EAGALA model is that our clients have their own answers, and that they have the answers that are best for them-what we term "solution oriented". We believe in the capability of our clients to overcome their struggles and find new solutions, when given the opportunity. All too often, we take that opportunity away, either because we don't believe in our clients' abilities or because we focus on meeting our own needs. This also applies to the EAGALA philosophy of truly believing in the capability of our horses, and being open to the lessons they are working to teach us, and our clients. This is what is referred to when you hear the phrase, "Trust the process."
Lynn Thomas, LCSW Executive Director and Founder, EAGALA
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