Eagala model: An innovative approach to promoting wellbeing in children

Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association (Eagala) is the global standard in the facilitation of equine assisted psychotherapy and learning. Not to be confused with therapeutic interventions, Eagala is a bonafide model of psychotherapy and counselling that requires co-facilitation by a qualified mental health professional, horse specialist and horse(s). The model adheres to 4 key standards; team approach, 100% ground based, solution orientated and ethical code.  Thereby contributing to increased emotional and physical safety for clients.  There is no riding involved or the need to have experience with horses.

The facilitation team are trained to develop the client’s story, for the client to gain the insight and understanding required for change.  It is an experiential and relational therapy where the horses and the environment have symbolic and metaphorical significance in client’s life stories. 

Issues that Eagala sessions can assist with are anger, anxiousness, low moods, trauma, communication, relationships, ADHD, OCD, ODD, sensory processing difficulties, autism, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, bereavement/loss, cohesion, low self-esteem and more. With research indicating significant Teenager with horse at Eagalapositive outcomes in areas such as emotional and behavioural regulation, psychological well-being and problem solving abilities. 

Clients can attend either individually, groups or families, and can be self-referred as well as by local authorities, CAMHs, social services, schools, police, GP’s & adoption agencies across the UK.

To find out more, receive evidence based information or details of demonstrations around the UK, please email: eme@eagala.org