Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning (EAP/EAL) involves clinical professionals and has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of mental health and human development needs. There are a variety of areas that can be addressed by Equine Assisted Learning, ranging from personal issues such as poor self-esteem, stress and interpersonal relationships to business related issues such as leadership development, problem solving and decision making.


The word “chrysalis” means the state where the caterpillar changes into a butterfly. The equine chrysalis journey is a spiritual process of emotional change and empowerment through the interaction with horses. Experiential equine therapy with horses is not a horseback riding experience; it is about relating to the horses on the ground. The horse acts as a mirror and a teacher to help us learn more about how we relate to others in terms of boundaries,

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appropriate discernment and trust, and healthy intimacy. Partnering with horses provides a metaphoric experience to promote emotional growth. The Ecosystemic approach focuses on moving away from pathologising the individual and rather see them as a part of the various systems that they are a part off.  This approach examines the patterns of communication between family members, in order to understand the cause of the distressing symptoms.

Two of the principle components of the Ecosystemic approach are: (1.) The goal for the therapist is to decentralise his/her role in the family, and (2.) Less reliance on verbal communication and insight in favour of directing the family to restructure their patterns of interaction through therapy directives.


Our Services

We at Chrysalis Equine Therapy are professionally trained and are able to work with children, teenagers and adults in any of the following areas:

  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Group/family therapy
  • Personal growth
  • Grief / Loss
  • Abuse (Physical, emotional, mental, sexual and spiritual)
  • ADD/ADHD/Autism
  • Addictions
  • Anxiety disorders, Depression, PTSD, and other life stressors
  • Relationship/couple counselling


Find out more about EAP or take a look at our Programmes.