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Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Program
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) is a form of therapy or counseling where a horse participates in the therapeutic process – almost as a co-therapist! EFP is an experiential form of therapy that allows the client to engage in activities with a horse that illustrate the dynamics that the client experiences in everyday living. This experience provides opportunities for the client to learn about themselves and new ways to cope with their everyday life.
What can I learn from EFP?
About our therapist...
Nicole Long, LICSW
Nicole received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA. She has an undergraduates degree in Social Work and Criminal Justice from Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania. Nicole has been riding horses for over 20 years and is inspired by their strength, beauty, and spirit. In the same way, Nicole believes in the innate resiliency that all individuals have and is passionate about empowering every person to reach their full potential. Nicole is grounded in strength based practice and is experienced in working with survivors of trauma, elders, individuals with disabilities, as well as caregivers.
If you are interested in making a referral or setting up an appointment, please contact Nicole Long, Director of Clinical Services directly at:
Nicole Long, MSW, LICSW
Horses are naturally very sensitive animals that respond to their immediate interpretations of the world around them. They are constantly communicating and assessing the world around them to stay safe and to thrive. This instinct causes them to be very sensitive to humans and often, the horse is more aware of our internal state than we are!