Balance Within provides Equine
Assisted Psychotherapy to individuals seeking
professional help with a range of presenting problems
such as emotional difficulties, stress, anxiety, anger,
low self-esteem, marital/couple difficulties, family
crises, the complexities of parenting, single parenting,
step-family challenges, relationship problems and
individuals who want to learn how to live in recovery
from alcohol and other drug addictions.
Sessions are provided with a mental health professional
and horse specialist. Your sessions will be with
Normajean Cefarelli a Licensed Marriage and Family
Therapist and Jennifer Andris, who holds a Bachelorís
degree in Animal Science and Technology.
What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses
experientially for emotional growth and learning. It is
a collaborative effort between a mental health
professional and a horse professional working with the
clients and horses to address treatment goals. Equine
Assisted Learning (EAL) is similar but focuses on
learning or educational goals.
The focus of EAP and EAL is not riding or horsemanship.
It involves setting up ground activities with the horses
which will require the client or group to apply certain
skills. Activities with the horses are designed to
reflect real life issues. This allows the client and
therapist to "see" where the problems are and find
solutions that work. Clients quickly recognize unhealthy
patterns and enact new behaviors. The horses donít
accept "talk" - clients have to make sincere, life-long
changes. People learn about themselves and others by
participating in activities with the horses, and then
discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns.
Four Keys to the EAGALA Model
- Team Approach
- Focus on the ground
- Code of Ethics
What Is EAGALA?
The Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association
provides education, standards,
innovation, and support to professionals providing
services in Equine Assisted
Psychotherapy and Learning around the world. EAGALA is
committed to setting the
standard of professional excellence in how horses and
humans work together to improve
the quality of life and mental health of individuals,
families and groups worldwide.
For more information about the EAGALA Model visit