Robin Risso, LMFT

Equine Assisted Behavioral Health Services

Equine Assisted Therapy

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is an experiential approach to behavioral health treatment. I work on the same kind of treatment goals as in an office setting, just in different ways.

Why chose equine assisted therapy? The horses also often provide metaphors for you are experiencing and have experienced in the past. These two horses are attuned to what is going on and have become experienced, wise four legged therapists. You don't need to be horse familiar to engage in this work and you won't be mounting or riding them. You may be doing a hands on activity with them, having them participate in what you are working on, or sometimes its letting them guide the way.

Horses are particularly great therapeutic partners because they are prey animals, they are tuned in to their environment at all times because they have to be. Our horses love being a part of sessions and they provide support, challenges, and entertainment. They can be goofy, compassionate, stubborn but always horses and often seem to reflect what we are feeling during sessions.

The barn is located at Moonlight Ranch in Tyngsboro, MA - check out the photo gallery   . The barn is a great space where we hold our sessions when we don't meet outside. You can also check out the rest of the animals that share the barn and often want to participate in sessions: the herd.

This video is several years old but I wouldn't say it any differently today!