Researching Equine-Facilitated Group Psychotherapy (EFGP) for Trauma Survivors: Horses and Humans in Therapeutic Relationships
Daniel L. Stroud, PhD
The aim of this study is to determine the influence equine-facilitated group psychotherapy (EFGP) has on 42 women trauma survivors’ post-trauma symptoms; as well as what each of these women consider their own most personally meaningful incidents throughout their treatment experience.
We expect to find improvements for symptoms of anxiety, depression, bodily dissociation, bodily awareness and self-esteem, self-worth across participants. In addition, we anticipate individuals will consider their interactions with their equine partner, and other women in the group, as the most personally meaningful aspects of treatment.
Data collected thus far indicates each participant improved in terms of lower levels of depression, anxiety and dissociative tendencies. Gains were also made in terms of improved post-traumatic cognitions, mindfulness and bodily awareness.