Trauma - Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP) was developed by Tim Jobe and Bettina Shultz-Jobe, the co-founders of Natural Lifemanship. TF-EAP is a comprehensive model of EAP that employs both the physiology and the psychology of the horse to address specific therapeutic goals with children, adults, and families who suffer from trauma-related mental health disorders. At its foundation are the beliefs that a good principle is a good principle regardless of where it is applied, and that all mental health issues result in dysfunction of intrapersonal and/or interpersonal relationships. Because TF-EAP is based on principles rather than techniques, clients are able to readily transfer their progress in therapy sessions to their daily lives. Likewise, family members of traumatized youth as well as other professionals who work with them (e.g., teachers, caseworkers) benefit by learning and applying the principles of TF-EAP, even if they never have the opportunity to work directly with a horse.
Trauma-Focused EAP incorporates both mounted and groundwork, utilizing every aspect of the horse to address the client’s physiological and psychological responses to trauma. Horses are not used metaphorically nor simply as a tool for healing; rather, they are actual partners in the healing process as clients connect and build real relationships with them. The two primary activities of TF-EAP are Relationship Logic and Rhythmic Riding.