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What is Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP)?
EFP is an experiential therapy, combining traditional psychotherapy, behavior therapy, therapeutic riding and horse related activities. It is facilitated by a credentialed mental health professional with certification in equine therapies working in conjunction with a horse or pony with the intent to promote growth.
How can EFP help children with autism spectrum diagnoses?
EFP for those with Autism and other developmental disabilities focuses on meeting the client where they are and moving them towards increased independence, confidence and higher functioning.
Treatment goals typically include:
- increasing tolerance for transitions
- increasing compliance
- decreasing aggressive behaviors
- increasing social skills
- increasing attention
- increasing efficiency of verbal & non-verbal communication
- decreasing symptoms of anxiety
- increasing frustration tolerance
- increasing self-confidence and self-esteem
- increasing the ability to bond with others
Horse related activities are not limited to riding. Clients typically participate in grooming, feeding, saddling, and finger painting the horses. In addition, support is provided to parents to enable the work started in session to transition to home and school.
Please contact Terri Jennings with any questions (707) 845-8737 or email at email@example.com
This group is facilitated by licensed psychologist Terri Jennings, Ph.D. (PY6802 FL). Terri has over 15 years of experience working with individuals with autism and their families. For her work in the South Florida autism community she was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Clinician of the Year Award. New to the area, Terri now brings her experience to our community through Healing Strides Psychotherapy, Inc. Healing Strides is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International member center.