Adjunct Therapies

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy · Horse Sensing · Hippotherapy


Equine Assisted Psychotherapy & Equine Assisted Learning

Angela Sherman, Ph.D.

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,

Clients 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.

Equine 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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Horse Sensing

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

Horse 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 energy. 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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Hippotherapy 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.

(650) 503-3051

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