At Red Hawk Academy for Girls, we utilize the Eagala Model as our framework for all Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy. Eagala is a distinct experience-based framework designed to empower young women to analyze their situations, make connections, and find their own solutions through personal and physical experiences.
Eagala clients have reported that they have been able to change and grow more effectively and quickly than through traditional approaches. It is possible that Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy can reach clients where traditional therapy cannot. This is a powerful and effective approach that has lasting impact on young people, families and groups. At Red Hawk, we believe in the Eagala Model so much, that we use it as an essential component of our staff training.
Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy is one of our most effective and innovative modalities for addressing a wide range of therapeutic needs in adolescent girls. Through interactions with horses and with help from equine therapists, our young women discover and explore behaviors and relationship patterns that have become problematic in their day-to-day lives. The very size and strength of the horses can stir deeply buried emotions while simultaneously affording opportunities to identify and resolve practical matters of communication, empathy and basic interpersonal respect. Interactions with the horses bring up thoughts and behavior patterns that are related to the issues that have brought clients into treatment. We identify these patterns and customize experiential exercises to address each client’s individual needs.
For many, teen years are some of the most difficult in life. Their bodies go through changes, relationships become complex, we begin to learn social roles, and more than ever our children are expected to grow up earlier. These changes may leave a teenager feeling helpless, confused and pessimistic about the future.
We believe each YOUNG person is a unique individual. We
respect the contributions they have made and will make in
their lives and to their communities. We are sensitive to their
social, emotional, intellectual, and physical needs. We
believe strongly in providing a physical environment that is
safe, clean, healthy, and oriented to the highest quality of life.