Equine Therapy

A Unique Living and Educational Experience for Young Women

The Academy at Sisters provides Certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) as an integral part of our program for all students.  Individual and Group sessions are incorporated into the program weekly as an adjunct to traditional therapy. Family sessions are offered during family visitation and parent workshops.

Sandy_5531Overview From Our Equine Director

Using horses as a supplement to traditional therapy is a relatively new concept that gained recognition in the mid-1990’s, and has been an incredible addition to our program.  EAP assists students in acknowledging problems in their life and educates and empowers them so they may learn to create their own solutions. Youth develop confidence, healthy social skills, assertiveness with setting boundaries, and much more, which translates to all areas of their lives.

Some of the many benefits that students encounter as a result of incorporating horses and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy are:


  • Increased self-awareness
  • Increased self-acceptance
  • Increased ability to identify one’s own emotions
  • Increased ability to access one’s own intuition
  • Increased ability to develop congruency between inner emotions and external expression
  • Increased healthy ego strength
  • Increased ability to develop healthy relationships

The Academy at Sisters Equine Assisted Psychotherapy component is based in the philosophy and exercises of The OK Corral Equine Assisted Psychotherapy program, and is facilitated by Academy at Sisters certified instructors and therapists.

img_0230At the Academy, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions are integrated into our program. Because sessions are run by our staff, and on our campus, we can incorporate information from all other areas of our program. This allows students to integrate things they are learning in individual and group therapy, as well as, life skills groups. This method of delivery increases the value of this experience for students in all areas of their life.

In addition to using our horses in the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy program, students may enjoy weekly horseback riding and participating in the care and feeding of these inspirational animals.

Sandy Vaughn
Equine Director
Certified EAP Instructor