Sensing · Hippotherapy
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy & Equine
Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is “hands on” in nature and
involves clients interacting with horses and completing
activities that are aimed at treatment goals. EAP
involves a team consisting of a licensed psychologist,
an equine specialist, and equine staff. Staff are
certified for this work through the Equine Growth and
Leaning Association (EAGALA, www.eagala.org).
are encouraged to find solutions to their current
difficulties through exercises aimed at helping them
understand how they interact with others and the world
around them. Horses are an integral part of this process
as they provide neutral, immediate, and nonverbal
feedback, enhancing the learning experience. However,
horse experience is not necessary! EAP can be used on
its own or as an adjunct to traditional office therapy.
Assisted Learning (EAL) involves equine based activities
that are not therapy, per se, but are certainly
therapeutic in nature. An example of this is skill
building through a social skills learning group. Please
contact Dr. Sherman for a free initial phone
consultation at (650) 248-4072 to see if EAP or EAL
activities are right for you. We’ll see you outside!
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Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
Sensing is experiential work with horses in the moment.
Horse Sensing allows one to get in touch with otherwise
inaccessible parts of themselves utilizing the highly
intuitive help of horses.
Participants will work with a licensed clinical
psychologist and horsewoman,
Dr. Sally Broder, Psy.D. She treats individuals with a
range of mental health and life issues including
depression, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
and other trauma related effects, substance abuse
disorders and eating disorders.
Also addressed are life transitions such as grieving the
loss of a loved one, moving out of a long-term
relationship and changing careers or life paths.
Dr. Broder specializes
in helping individuals get in touch with what is making
them feel stuck in life, sapping them of precious
Dr. Broder integrates the equine theoretical principles
and style of Chris Irwin with her own background in
Jungian Depth Psychology.
Sessions are for individuals, groups, and staff teams. Ages begin at 12 with
the permission of parents.
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is a physical therapy treatment approach that utilizes
the movement of the horse to provide graded and precise
motor and sensory input. This can be used to address
balance, strength, coordination, body awareness,
regulation and sensory integration to promote functional
gains. Common functional goals addressed with
Hippotherapy include ambulation, posture, endurance for
school, sitting in class, stability and endurance for
writing, and playground and sport skills.
Instride Physical Therapy conducts their session using
the wonderful horses at BOK Ranch. Julie Freschi is the
founder of Instride Physical Therapy. She has extensive
experience working with sensory issues in children with
Autism, ADD, ADHD, PDD/NOS, DCD, SPD and Sensory
Integration Dysfunction. Julie is in the process of
becoming a Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist and gaining
her certification in Sensory Integration.
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