Ahimsa Therapeutic Services

(215) 341-7265

Ahimsa Therapeutic Services

Ahimsa Therapeutic Services is located on an idyllic horse farm in Sicklerville, NJ. Come and explore healing solutions in a safe and open environment with a licensed mental health professional, certified equine specialist, and a team of horses. Through the EAGALA model, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning Sessions, participants experience breakthrough treatment for a wide variety of challenges.

What is Equine Therapy?
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is an evidence-based treatment co-facilitated by a mental health professional and an equine specialist, in which clients interact with horses for a dynamic form of therapy that has been used to effectively treat a wide variety of mental health issues. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is beneficial for individuals, couples, and families.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Sessions are suitable for those who want to:

  • Identify patterns of thinking and behavior
  • Recognize feelings
  • Regulate emotions
  • Improve communication
  • Learn impulse control
  • Process trauma
  • Gain self-esteem
  • Overcome addiction and PTSD
  • Engage with grief and loss in a safe space
  • Learn new strategies to cope with anxiety and eating disorders & relational struggles
  • Let go of guilt, frustration, depression, and discouragement

What makes horses powerful partners for therapy?
Horses are large and powerful, and it is hard to ignore their presence - much like a seemingly impossible life issue.  Horses are uniquely able to offer clients a safe space in which to heal and explore therapeutic solutions. Because they are at liberty and not ridden during sessions, horses are highly attuned to clients, offering honest feedback, demonstrating healthy boundaries, and modeling congruence. Horses are highly intuitive and sensitive beings who have a special ability to connect in ways that help clients to work through emotional and behavioral barriers without shame or stigma. As such, horses can provide a metaphor for events or situations in your life. Bringing horses into the treatment process compels participants to be in the present moment, experimenting with different ways of being, relating to others, and feeling; this offers clients a way to experience healing changes it the moment. All of the valuable lessons and tools discovered in the arena with horses extend to the client’s life outside of sessions, benefiting relationships with self, family, and peers.

Other offerings at Ahimsa Farm and Ahimsa Therapeutic Services

Equine Assisted Learning
Equine-assisted learning is available for individuals as well as groups. Individuals will benefit from the opportunity to work through personal development or learning goals with a licensed mental health professional and equine specialist and a team of horses. Group sessions are catered to the Unique goals of the group. For example, Groups can work towards better communication, boundary setting, team building, and creative problem-solving. With horses providing real-time feedback and the guidance of EAGALA-certified professionals the group is able to collaborate in an effective and powerful way.

Horsemanship Lessons
At Ahimsa Therapeutic Services, we are passionate about the Horse-human bond. We love to teach people about horses and facilitate positive experiences for both the horse and humans. Students of Horsemanship will learn the practical skills associated with horse care and training. Taking horsemanship lessons is a unique way to expand your horizons, practice mindfulness, gain confidence, and discover new things about yourself. Horsemanship lessons are open to anybody interested in cultivating or deepening a relationship with horses. No prior horse experience is necessary!

Ahimsa Therapeutic Services Mission and Values
Ahimsa Therapeutic Services is an inclusive space that provides learning opportunities and mental health services in partnership with horses and other animals to facilitate healing, personal growth, and mindful learning.

  • To provide the highest quality mental health services
  • To partner with animals in such a way that always treats the animal partner with the highest level of respect and autonomy
  • To create lasting change and healing through connection, curiosity, and mindfulness
  • To be an inclusive space for every person

Age Groups
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Seniors
Community Services
Arts & Recreation
Employment / Training
Family & Support Services
Spiritual / Cultural
Health Services
Behavioral / Mental Health
Crisis / Safety
Intellectual and Developmental Needs
Treatment Services
In-Community Services
Outpatient Services
Payment Options
  • Scholarships / Financial Aid
  • Self Pay
  • Sliding Scale / Payment Plans

Last Updated: 03/17/23