Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

MS in Dance/Movement Therapy


Dance/Movement Therapy Graduate Program


Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) is a form of therapy that utilizes a team approach of a psychotherapist, an equine specialist and a horse or horses, all working together to aid individuals in experiencing personal emotional healing and growth. It can be particularly effective when there are barriers to communication. Grooming, leading and riding horses can provide opportunities for self-awareness and attunement to others. This thesis discusses how the discipline of dance/movement therapy may deepen the practice of equine facilitated psychotherapy. Specifically, dance/movement therapists are trained to observe subtle non-verbal movement cues, and to use skills such as mirroring and imagery to help clients expand on their movement repertoire and connect physical experience to emotion and cognition.