Frequently Asked Questions
Can I stop by to see the farm?
No. Due to confidentiality needs of clients, visitors are welcome only during pre-arranged times.
Where is the farm?
The farm is located at 7961 Scenic Trail, Chapel Hill, near the intersection of Teer Rd and Orange Grove Road. It is the first driveway to the left on Scenic Trail. That said, see previous FAQ.
Do you board horses?
Do you offer therapeutic riding for people with disabilities?
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Questions
People who have been around horses tend to “get” that there is “just something about horses”. Horses have a large presence that tends to evoke our fears, hopes and yearnings. They are social and curious and interact with people in a variety of ways that inevitably stir up our strengths and weaknesses. Horses are not fooled by posturing and self-presentation; nor are they concerned with a person’s class, race or religion; they tune into something deeper. Horses are intuitive and are present here and now; they respond instantly to the humans around them, almost like biofeedback machines. In essence, horses do naturally what every good therapist strives to do: tune in to peoples’ inner experiences and challenge them to grow.
Who can benefit from EAP?
Equine assisted psychotherapy is a therapeutic approach that can have incredible impacts on individuals, youth, families, and groups. EAP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including depression and anxiety, behavioral issues, eating disorders, interpersonal relationships and anger issues. It can also be used for families —including parenting and relationship conflicts — and as a way to improve teamwork in organizations and businesses. During the initial phone interview, we will determine together if this approach is suitable for your situation.
What goes on in an EAP session?
Clients co-create a focus for their work, and then are invited by the EAP team to engage with the horses in tasks to help them with that focus (guiding a horse through an obstacle course, for example). But like life, EAP sessions are unpredictable. Your personality and mood will mix with the personality and mood of the horse(s) and the activity at hand to create a unique experience; one that will inevitably stir up feelings, fears, and relationship dynamics – positive and negative – that are at play in your life. Our horse-therapists are very keen at giving clients what it is they seem to need. Your therapist and equine specialist will be on-hand to support you in getting the most out of the experience.
Can I continue to see my therapist and have sessions of EAP?
Yes. In fact we encourage you to so you can get the most out of your experience.
What does it cost?
Because each session requires two professional, horses and the facility, rates are higher than in-office therapy. Please contact your therapist to find out what his/her rates are
Do you take insurance?
Some of the therapists who conduct sessions at the farm do, and some do not. Contact the therapist directly to find out more.
What do I need to bring or wear?
Boots are suggested, but sneakers are fine. No open-toed shoes. You may want to bring a water bottle, a hat and sunscreen.
What about bad weather?
We have an indoor arena. However, in severe weather (lightening, snow etc.) please communicate with your provider to see if the session will take place or not.
Where can I learn more about EAP?
We suggest you check out the following websites:
EAGALA, Natural Lifemanship, PATH International, Arenas For Changes
I’m interested... What next?
First, if you are seeing at therapist currently, consult with him or her. Second, email or call any of the independent therapists listed on the ABOUT page. If you are unsure which therapist is best for you, contact Barb at firstname.lastname@example.org and she can provide information about the therapist schedules, billing and the type of clients they see.