Local Contact: Amanda Graham, LPC,
Education and Program Development Director
Service areas: all United States and 43 countries
Eagala (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) is the leading international nonprofit association for professionals incorporating horses to address mental health.
History: Since 1999, Eagala has set the global standard for equine-assisted psychotherapy and personal development. Boasting over 500 regional programs and with more than 2500 certified members in over 40 countries, it is the leading international nonprofit association for professionals incorporating horses to address mental health and personal development needs. North Carolina has several long standing Eagala programs with a history of supporting a wide variety of people and specialty groups, including veterans, throughout the state.
Vision: We’re working to ensure that every person around the world has access to Eagala Model services.
Mission: Setting standards, providing support, and educating professionals who are changing lives with Eagala Model services
Services: We incorporate horses into mental health treatment for people, with all facilitated sessions being done on the ground, with no riding involved. As prey animals, horses respond to nonverbal messages, even unconscious ones, and their responses often remind clients of their goals, personal challenges, or relationships with themselves and others. This provides a safe environment to work through those relationships, where the horses only change when we do.
Eagala currently has certified members in North Carolina, offering Eagala Model services through 11 programs, serving individuals in the western, central and eastern counties in North Carolina. To find a program near you, go to the Find Program on the website, https://www.eagala.org/programs;d=None
Current projects: Expanding services to Military personnel and their families, and developing national task force to address the high rate of suicide among farmers and their rural agricultural communities.