Balance Within LLC


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
Learning (EAL)?

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
  • Solution-oriented
  • Code of Ethics


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

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