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Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Equine Assisted Learning

EAGALA Model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Learning (EAL)

RSI has been given the opportunity to expand it’s programming through a generous grant from MOFAS (Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) to include Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning.

EAP incorporates horses experientially into client therapy sessions for emotional growth.  It is a collaborative effort between a mental health professional and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals.

EAP is experiential in nature.  This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in ground work (non-riding activities) with the horses, and then processing or discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns.  EAP is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families, and groups.  EAP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including but not limited to:

  • Behavioral Issues
  • Depression
  • FASD
  • Communication Needs
  • Relationship Challenges
  • Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Substance Abuse

EAL is similar to EAP but where the focus is on learning or educational goals.  EAL also involves the team of a mental health professional and horse professional working with the clients and horses.  The focus however is on education and learning specific skills as defined by the individual or group, such as improved leadership and team building.

Payment for Services

We accept adults and children currently on MA or individuals able to privately pay.  Please call the number listed below to discuss additional insurance coverage.

Location Information, Referrals and Intake

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning is provided at RSI’s Westbrook farm located near Brookston, MN.  The Westbrook program sits on 160-acres along the St. Louis River.

RSI provides a prompt and thorough intake process.  Self-referrals and support team-referrals are welcome.  Please contact JoEllyn Steele directly at 218.740.7623 or by email at