Equine-Assisted Therapy at Newport Academy


Watch an Equine Facilitated Psychotherapist for Newport Academy share how the practice helps teens regain a sense of safety and emotional honesty through equine-assisted therapy. Equine therapy helps bridge the gap between a teen’s feelings of insecurity and disclosure. The involvement of horses helps facilitate psychotherapies, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, a form of psychotherapy that allows clients to acknowledge unhealthy behaviors in order to modify their coping mechanisms associated with these behaviors.

Not all teens respond well to one-on-one talk-therapy. As an alternative, equine therapy allows teens to strengthen their emotional intelligence and provides them with a safe and active environment where they feel comfortable sharing their experiences. Horses respond to the emotional nature of the people around them and, as a result, they provide teens with immediate feedback on their emotional output and actions.

Studies have found that equine therapy can lower blood pressure and heart rate, as well as alleviate stress and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. These health factors contribute to the effectiveness of equine therapy as it promotes mindfulness and emotional engagement. Teens find that they are able to engage with horses authentically through their emotions and thus become more emotionally congruent. Therapists find that this emotional congruence and presence allows teens to share their experiences more readily and take control of their feelings. This emotional presence has a positive impact on recovery and self-control.

Equine-assisted therapy is one of many experiential therapies that Newport Academy has to offer. These also include: • Yoga

• Fitness Activity

• Music Therapy

• Adventure Therapy

• Horticulture

• Martial Arts Group

• Culinary Arts

• Community Service

• Photography Arts

• Art Therapy.

If you feel that your teen can benefit from experiential therapy or any of the treatment options Newport Academy has to offer, contact us. We can help your teen find recovery and peace of mind.

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