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J & K Ranch & Kennel

(832) 428-6253

M. K. Kelley Smith, Owner
Equine Professional
EAGALA Certified


The Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy Professionals participating at
J&K Ranch-Kennels
includes among others:


Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) services offered at:

J & K Ranch Kennel
Houston, Texas 77065

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy & Equine Therapy Programs


Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, (EAP), is one of the many modalities used for counseling, coaching and mental health services. EAP is an emerging field in which horses are used as a tool for emotional growth and learning. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is an effective way to observe people as they function in real life situations. Completion of the presented task usually produces meaningful metaphors and analogies useful for the therapeutic process. Sessions take place in a confidential, pastoral setting.

Why a Horse Assisted Therapy?

Activities involving a horse require people to be physically and mentally engaged. Also, being social animals, they are sensitive to non-verbal communication. They are perceptive, and require clear communication and an appropriate response from the client. Horses function in the present and are excellent judges of mental focus and attitude. Most importantly, horses have the ability to mirror our mental perspective.

Benefit for the Client

For the client, EAP gives them insight into their behavior patterns, self-esteem, values, attitudes, roles in life, acceptance of responsibility, communication skills, leadership ability, problem solving skills, and creative thinking ability. EAP also provides clients an opportunity to discover THEIR OWN BEST SOLUTIONS to life challenges. In addition, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy can be fun!

Benefit for the Mental Health Professional

For the Mental Health Professional, EAP provides an opportunity to observe and assess the client or clients in a "real life" situation, including the client's patterns of behavior, use of teamwork, human and animal relationships, communication, attitudes, acceptance of responsibility, problem solving skills, leadership, and use of creative thinking. It provides the Mental Health Professional an opportunity to identify specific treatment goals, objectives and interventions. Additionally, EAP many times provides that significant experiential breakthrough for the client that is needed to achieve specific to their Treatment Goals and Objectives.

Our Mental Health Services Include:

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy has been used successfully as a Treatment Plan for many Mental Health challenges with Individuals, Families, Couples, and Groups. It has also been used sucessfully for Teamwork, Leadership Development and Life Coaching and Counseling.

  • Anxiety
  • Behavior Problems
  • Communication Issues
  • Depression
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Adoption Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Counseling
  • Grief and Loss
  • Relationship Issues
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Adjustment Changes
  • Life Changes
  • Personal Coaching
  • Trauma

Fee Schedule

  • $120.00 / hour for individuals
  • $210.00 / hour for family or groups (limited to 6 people)

Additional Links for Information on Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
www.eagala.org - for more information on Equine Assisted Psychotheraphy

PROCEDURE FOR SCHEDULING APPOINTMENT: Please sent me an email with a brief description and background information. I will respond with an email which will include a CLIENT INTAKE FORM & a RELEASE & CONSENT FORM. Please complete the information requested and email the completed forms back to me. We will review your submitted information and contact you to schedule an appointment.

All psychotherapy sessions are hourly sessions scheduled on a weekly basis.

We look forward to serving you and your family!