Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy for adolescents experiencing depression and/or anxiety: A therapist's perspective

Wilson, K, Buultjens, M, Monfries, M and Karimi, L 2017, 'Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy for adolescents experiencing depression and/or anxiety: A therapist's perspective', Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 16-33.


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Title Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy for adolescents experiencing depression and/or anxiety: A therapist's perspective
Author(s) Wilson, K
Buultjens, M
Monfries, M
Karimi, L
Year 2017
Journal name Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume number 22
Issue number 1
Start page 16
End page 33
Total pages 18
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAIs) are thought to overcome some of the limitations of traditional therapies as they do not rely exclusively on language as a medium for change. One such Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) approach involves horses as a therapeutic medium. Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) comprises a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with clients to address treatment goals. The purpose of the present Australian-based qualitative study was to examine EAP facilitators' perspectives on the biospychosocial benefits and therapeutic outcomes of EAP for adolescents experiencing depression and/or anxiety. The findings suggest a range of improvements within adolescent clients, including increases in confidence, self-esteem and assertiveness, as well as a decrease in undesirable behaviours. The effectiveness of the therapy was thought to be due to the experiential nature of involving horses in therapy. The lack of understanding in the wider community about EAP was seen as a barrier to recognition and acceptance of EAP as a valid therapeutic intervention.
Subject Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Keyword(s) adolescent mental health
Animal-Assisted Interventions
anxiety
depression
Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy
DOI - identifier 10.1177/1359104515572379
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ISSN 1359-1045
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