Healing Horses Therapeutic Center



It is our mission and our passion to bring people and horses together to promote emotional growth and learning and to help with a variety of emotional, behavioral, neurological and developmental health issues.


The Quiet Place For Therapeutic Help

 The Healing Horses Therapeutic Center offers:

  • Equine Assisted Learning Activities
  • Therapeutic Riding
  • Individual, groups and family Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions
  • Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions for veterans
  • Equine Assisted Psychotherapy training and workshops for health and mental health professionals
  • Cultural Competency Training for the horse industry professional or organization
  • Culturally Competent Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Certification (CEAT) for mental health professionals and Horse Specialists

Equine Assisted Therapeutic approaches enable positive change in adults, children, families, and veterans using equine assisted activities, therapeutic riding and equine assisted psychotherapy sessions.

We are proud to offer CEAT - Culturally Competent Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Certification -  a unique training and certification for mental health professionals and horse specialists. 



Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Group and Private Sessions:

If "talk therapy" is not working or if you desire a different approach, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is an excellent choice. EAP  is a form of experiential psychotherapy that involves interactions between individuals and horses, directed and assisted by a licensed Clinical Therapist and a trained Horse Specialist.

EAP provides insight for observation and personal growth. Therapists observe the client's reactions to the horse's behavior to understand how clients interact with people, thus helping them gain self-awareness. Additionally, the therapist observes and interprets the horse’s movements, behaviors or reactions as a metaphor to identify and change negative patterns of thinking that lead to depression or relationship problems in their client. Horses offer immediate feedback and can shed light on the client’s thoughts and feelings before either the client or therapist are aware of them. EAP utilizes this relationship with the horse as a tool to mirror the client's experiences and facilitate change.

Anyone can participate in EAP; no prior horse or riding experience is necessary. All activities are done from the ground. There is no riding involved

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy has been successfully integrated into treatment programs for adults and youth who are being treated for;

  • Addictions
  • Substance Abuse
  • Behavior disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Learning difficulties
  • PTSD
  • Autism
  • Grief/loss
  • Trauma
  • Bipolar
  • Call today to set up an initial consultation.



Services For Veterans & Their Families

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for our brave warriors is an impactful and effective treatment modality. This therapeutic approach is effective for veterans who are unable to talk or understand the trauma, anxiety, fear or anger they may be experiencing, and is also helpful for their families.  Our four-legged therapists are teamed with a licensed mental health professional and an Horse Specialist to work with the veteran and/or family with on-the-ground activities.  The horses can sense real-life issues. This allows the veteran and therapist to see where the problems are and find workable solutions. The veteran can quickly recognize unhealthy patterns, acknowledge their strengths, and learn new behaviors.

Call us for more information or to set up an appointment at (860) 293-2914, or, email us at Info@ebonyhorsewomen.us


If you would like a consultation, click below for our EAP Self Referral Form , fill it out and call us and our Help Desk will contact you.

Click here for the Self Referral Form

Culturally Competent Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Certification (CEAT)

Professional certification, empathic and quality delivery of service, equine knowledge, and cultural competency standards are the basis of the Culturally Competent Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Certification.  Equine Assisted Psychotherapy popular and effective alternative therapy to other forms of therapy especially “Talk Therapy”, is being practiced by many organizations however other models do not address the cultural differences, needs, and approaches for varying demographics of clients.  

It is extremely important in the practice of any therapy to be culturally competent, culturally tolerant, and for all professionals delivering this therapy be trained to understand the pinnacle of language coming from the horse.  

We offer Culturally Competent Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Training and Certification for Mental Health Professionals and Equine Specialist  (aka Horse Specialist) through on-line study materials combined with a two-day on-site training 


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Equine Assisted Psychotherapy should be practiced by a Licensed Mental Health Professional. Certification will be offered individually to:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
  • Licensed Professional  Counselor (LPC). 
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), 
  • (No horse experience required)
  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)
  • Candidates must be able to submit State issued License number

Applicants are required to document practice in psychotherapy (counseling, social work, substance abuse counseling, pastoral counseling, etc.) and have a minimum of two (2) years of professional service or full-time equivalent experience in the field of mental health services.


 The role of the Equine Specialist is critical to the delivery of the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy session.  An Equine Specialist must be able to partner with the therapist and be able to handle and interpret the horse’s behavior for the primary purpose of safety, suitability and trust for the client and the equines involved in the therapy. The Equine Specialist must have the experience and ability to work with different horses, in different settings with a calm and even demeanor even in unusual circumstances. 

However, much before the session begins the Equine Specialist must know the personalities of the equines selected for therapy sessions and its appropriateness to be used in each session for each client.  More over it is important for the Equine Specialist to understand the environment in which the sessions will take place, i.e a suburban vs urban environment

Training Modules:

Module 1: Equine Psychology and Behavior.

Module 2: Equine Perception

The Modules used to train Mental Health Professionals are the same modules used to reinforce and confirm the experience, training and education that each prospective Equine Specialist must come equipped with.  

The Horse Specialist applicant must have documented proof of equine behavior training, workshops, CEUs, and/or horsemanship training.

  1. Have 3,000 hours (equals approx. 3 years work) hands-on experience with horses, or  have completed a minimum of 100 hours of continuing education or work s a Vet Tech working with horses
  2. Score an 80 or above on pre-certification test on topics: 
  • Horse ground work experience
  • Horse psychology/ knowledge
  • Reading horse body language / nonverbal communication
  • Recognizing common health crisis as colic, strangles, lameness.

Certification Training Modules:

Module 1: Equine Psychology and Behavior.

Module 2: Equine Perception

Module 3: Equine Body Language

Module 4: Equine Genetic/Behavioral Issues

Module 5: Equine/Human Trust Issues: How and Why They Happen

Module 6: Equine Herd Social Structure

Module 7: Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy


Two-day In-person Training:

1.     Environmental Factors affecting therapy sessions

2.     Cultural Competency in Therapy

3.     Explicit and Implicit bias'

4.     Work relations between the Therapist and the Equine Specialist

5.     Selecting the appropriate equine for each therapy session.



The success of any EAP certification program must rely on the therapy application to be inclusive for all demographics of people, by understanding the client’s ethnicities, culture, and behaviors as well as the skill, experience, and knowledge base of the provider. Many certification programs do not provide culturally competent training to work with various ethnic groups and do not provide mental health professionals ample information regarding this topic and the topic of equine behavior and understanding, skill and  knowledge, CEAT does. 

Why is this important?  Although horses do act as “mirrors” and have a positive effect on humans, EAP success is also supported by the working relationship with a culturally competent Therapist and Horse Specialist and later then shared by the trust in and by the horse. Horses have a fright and flight instinctive reaction to trauma, stress, unknown situations, and conditions. An example of what can interrupt this instinct is a trust which can expose itself in various ways by cultures and environmental behaviors.  


Goal 1CEAT's goal is to provide culturally competent comprehensive curriculum and training to educate Mental Health Professionals interested in working in the field of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy while understanding ethnic cultures and to present professional credibility and develop public confidence and trust

CEAT Goal 2:  

CEAT will provide mental health professionals foundational and insightful information regarding equine psychology and behavior, perception, body language, genetic/behavioral issues, trust/distrust, herd/social structure, and the unique benefits of working with horses. 


Course Instructors: Certified Horse Specialists, Veterinarians, Psychologist, Certified Equine Therapist and Horse Trainers

Mental Health Profession Pre-requisites: Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)

Horse Specialists Pre-requisites: A minimum of four years and/or no less than 3000 hours of consistent work with horses.

Mental Health Professional Certification Fee:  $1100.00  

(Certifications for three years)

Horse Specialist Certification $700.00 

Mental Health Professional

Renewal Fee ($750.00)

Two-Day in-person Certification Schedule:



After receipt of your registration form you will receive a link to pay for the training modules

Click here for Registration Form

Once your registration and payment have been received you will automatically receive:

  • An email indicating successful submission 
  • Receipt for your payment. 
  • A PDF File with all on-line 7 modules of Trainings and tests. Each module comes with curriculum and video content. Tests should be emailed back as soon as completed 
  • 15 days before the training date you will receive additional  information and a certification packet of information containing:
  1. Directions to the Ebony Horsewomen's Healing Horse Therapeutic Center
  2. Local lodging and restaurant information
  3. 2-day Training handouts and Agenda
  4. A message of welcome to the EHI facility from the President/CEO

 CEAT 2-day Training Dates: 

(7-week modules must be completed first)

July 10, and 11, 2021

July 24 and 25,2021

Sept. 11 and 12, 2021

Oct. 16 and 17, 2021



Healing Horses Equine Therapeutic Center offers  Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Workshops approved by the National Social Work Association/Connecticut (NSWA/CT) throughout the year to Mental Health Professionals and Social Work students.  

The educational objectives are to 1. introduce and examine the various applications of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), 2.  The measures and effectiveness of EAP  and 3. to understand the importance of cultural competency in the delivery of EAP to various ethnic groups, ages, and genders.

Each Workshop offers three(3) CEUs

Workshop Schedule for 2021 

June 5 - 9:00 am to 12:30pm

July 18 - 9:30a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

September 11 - 9:00a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

To register for our workshops, email:


Workshop fees:

$65.00 per professional
$15.00 per student
For more information call Hilary at (860)293-2914  



We offer training, lectures and approved National Social WorkerAssociation/Connecticut (NSWA/CT) Continuing Education Credits throughout the year on compelling issues :

  •  What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
  • Youth Trauma and Youth Mentoring
  •  Family Restoration and  Support,
  • Cultural Competency, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Equine Non-Profit Program Development and Operations
  • Equine Wellness and Care
  • Our training is offered throughout the year to those in relative fields of work or study as well as volunteers in these fields. 

Looking for particular training and not sure if we offer it - Just give us a call.



Healing Horses Therapeutic Center offers college students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and networking with professionals within the Mental Health profession and the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy field. Unpaid internships provide students the opportunity to explore the demands of the field while building their knowledge and understanding of the different procedures required to carry out the duties of the role.  Although these internships are unpaid, many colleges and universities offer college credits.

Get real-life work experiences!

Internships are offered at the undergrad and graduate levels. Focus areas include:

  • Human Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Criminal Justice
  • Veteran Services
  • Adults and Families
  • Social Justice
  • Social Work
  • Health Access and Disparities 
  • Environmental Justice

For more information regarding our College Internship Program, email Dominique at dbourgeois@ebonyhorsewomen.org or call (860) 293-2914