Our Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) program follows the prescribed model designed by EAGALA, Inc., the leading international EAP training and certifying organization. Currently, Pal-O-Mine has 7 Licensed Mental Health Professionals and 11 Equine Specialists who are certified in the EAGALA model. Pal-O-Mine also is the host to the New York Metropolitan Networking Group.
All Pal-O-Mine staff/personnel participate in ongoing training and experiential workshops to further their education and skills to better serve our clients. Lisa A. Gatti, our Executive Director, served on EAGALA’s Board of Directors and as Board Chair from 2009-2015.
Pal-O-Mine offers individual, family and group therapy. Groups focus on the following issues: grief, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, substance abuse, addiction and codependency. At-risk youth, women’s empowerment and the military are among these groups, as well. EAP affords clients the opportunity to gain knowledge about their behaviors while providing them with an emotionally safe environment for them to develop positive alternatives. The benefits to the client include increased self-esteem, improved communication skills, assertiveness, creative thinking, problem solving, development of coping skills and taking responsibilities for themselves.