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What is PCR's equine assisted psychotherapy program?

It is:                         

  • Focused on developing a relationship with a horse

  • working on changing the patterns in your relationships that are causing you problems

  • changing the way you view yourself & others        

  • confronting and healing trauma and bad experiences in your life

  • sometimes difficult and challenging

  • based on understanding how experiences shape our nervous system, brain, beliefs, emotions, behaviors

It is not:

  • just hanging out with a horse

  • just grooming

  • riding lessons

  • petting a horse to calm yourself

  • using the horse to help you feel good

  • manipulating a horse to move around obstacles

  • always easy and comfortable

  • a tricky way to get someone into therapy

Want to know more about TI-EAP™ and Natural Lifemanship™?

Click the Learn More button below and find out more about the model of EAP we use at Pecan Creek Ranch.


Transforming lives one connection at a time

What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy at Pecan Creek Ranch?

Pecan Creek Ranch is dedicated to transforming relationships within individuals, and between individuals, families, communities and organizations of all sizes to unlock a world of joy, worthiness, love, healing, and untapped potential for all.

Pecan Creek Ranch (PCR) offers equine assisted psychotherapy for adults and children ages 5 & up, and provides individual, family and couples therapy. 

We use Natural Lifemanship™, a type of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and an experiential (learn by doing) treatment model in which children and adults engage with an equine (horse), mental health counselor, and equine professional to reach treatment goals specific to their needs and challenges. 

It is relationship-focused (self, others, world) and informed by neurobiology and the functioning of each person's unique nervous system. 


Equine assisted psychotherapy can help children and adults make changes in their lives when talk therapy isn't enough.


In sessions children and adults:

  • take action

  • learn and practice new skills

  • challenge beliefs

  • try-on new behaviors and new ways of thinking

  • learn to apply principles of healthy relationships.

  • become aware of emotions and learn how to manage them

  • experience relational connections that change or lessen the impact of adverse events

Through connected, attuned relationships,  individuals develop new skills, new ways of thinking and new ways of being.

This journey begins with individuals experiencing supportive relationships with the therapy team, then learning how to develop a healthy, connected relationship with themselves and with a horse they choose. While developing their friendship, individuals interact with their horse friend the same way they do with others in their lives, allowing PCR therapists to quickly help them identify the problems they are having within themselves and with others. Often, these problems have deep roots and were created long before there was any awareness of the problem. This creates patterns of being and functioning in the mind and body that may no longer be beneficial to the person's life.  PCR therapists help individuals identify these patterns, and provide them opportunities to learn and practice new skills and new ways of relating to themselves and to others. These same skills and principles that individuals learn in their relationship with their equine partner can then apply to all human relationships.

Benefits of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

  • Increase self-confidence

  • Understand internal experiences

  • Increase ability to connect with yourself and others

  • Identify and change relationship patterns

  • Improve ability to relate to others

  • Increase capacity to effectively regulate emotions and calm or appropiately energize the body

  • Practice setting effective boundaries /limits with others

  • Learn and practice principles that help develop healthy relationships

  • Actively build skills to develop trusting relationships

  • Be able to ask for and allow support from others

  • Increase mental flexibility

How do I know if Equine Assisted Psychotherapy at Pecan Creek Ranch is right for me, my child or family?

EAP services at Pecan Creek Ranch might be right for you if you, your child, or your family experience:

  • Recent or past traumatic events

  • Difficulty getting along with others

  • Feeling that others take advantage of you

  • Difficulty setting limits

  • Difficulty regulating emotions

  • Feeling on edge

  • Feeling fearful or anxious

  • Feeling irritable or angry

  • Feeling worried about making mistakes or struggling with perfection

  • Difficulty making decisions

  • Performing poorly at work or in school

  • Difficulty trusting others

  • Feeling bad or worthless

  • Difficulty maintaining friendships/relationships

  • Difficulty controlling impulses

  • Abuse or neglect

We have experience treating clients with:

  • PTSD & Complex PTSD

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Mood Disorders like bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, etc.

  • Attachment Disorders like RAD & ODD

  • Autism spectrum diagnosis

  • ADD & ADHD

  • Developmental and/or attachment trauma

  • Dissociative disorders

All practitioners at Pecan Creek Ranch are trained or certified in Natural Lifemanship™, a Trauma Informed Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (TI-EAP).


At PCR we are not just talking about healing our relationships, we are practicing doing the things that heal our relationships and ourselves.

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