Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy for Addiction
Healing with Horses
Jessica Hofer, LAC P.A.T.H. Certified Instructor
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International
Formed in 1969 to promote equine-assisted activities and therapies.
Rocky Mountain Treatment Center provides Equine Therapy.
Clients will travel off-site to a horse facility. Eagle Mount . . .
Providing equine therapy for adults since 1990.
What is Equine Psychotherapy?
Equine Therapy is a holistic approach to substance abuse treatment that focuses on getting to the root of what feeds the addiction while working with horses.
It is normal for people struggling with addiction to blame others for their problems. This applies in particular to traditional therapy settings. However, Equine Therapy forces the individual to express their difficulties in an emotional and physical approach.
Horses provide a non-judgmental environment in which the individual can be honest and grow while building confidence without criticism.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Overcoming challenges in a non-threatening atmosphere
Honesty and trust
Respect for self and others
Improved communication and social skills
Empathy towards others
Self-control and confidence
Responsibility and accountability
Problem solving and cooperation
Rocky Mountain Treatment Center is one of the few addiction treatment programs nationally and the only program in Montana to offer Equine Therapy. The Rocky Mountain Treatment Center’s Equine Therapy, located at Eagle Mount of Great Falls.
Jessica Hofer is a Licensed Addiction Counselor at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center who recently received certification from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International as a PATH certified instructor. Historically, horse therapy has proven highly effective with children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. Recent studies support that horse therapy, while valuable and necessary, is primarily conducted in a clinical setting. Equine Therapy for addiction adds an experiential dimension that complements other therapeutic work.