Robert Lindquist, MSW, LCSW

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My specialty is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), which I use to helps clients build skills that will translate to everyday life in a safe environment. Some of the skills that are worked on during sessions with horses may include coping mechanisms for anxiety and trauma, depression, learning how to communicate, assertiveness, and others.

Some of the issues I address while working with young people include truancy, lack of respect, negative peer influences, lack of focus and concentration at school. I also have successfully worked with individuals with autism spectrum disorder, trauma, reactive attachment and with depression and anxiety. These individuals, both young and adult, benefit from working with horses as this provide a safe environment in which to practice every day skills that may later be translated to daily life.

According to the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) “Horses are very sensitive to emotional states and have a unique ability to pick up on what people are feeling.” Horses have an amazing ability to respond to human body language cues. Horses require people to be “present” and engaged in “the moment,” both physically and mentally. Equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is a therapeutic modality which uses horses to help clients build skills that will help them progress in their daily lives. I base my practice on techniques that are research-based, such as Experiential Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

What sets me apart from other providers is experience and licensure. I am a clinically licensed horse expert. My expertise includes LCSW licensure, NOJOS certification, EAGALA certification, and OK Corral Certification. I have nearly twenty years of experience doing therapy using horses. I have expertise working with youth with Asperger’s syndrome, oppositional defiant youth, ADHD, Borderline Personality Disorder, depression, and others. I also have experience in family and individual therapy, couples and working with groups.

My horses have a variety of personalities, from very easy to work with, to more challenging. While EAP has some inherent safety risks, all of my horses have been used in therapy and family situations without providing any undue safety risks to our clients or children.

Some of the goals that can be achieved through working with horses are:

• To understand current behavioral patterns.
• To discover one’s innate natural ability to change undesirable behavior from within, naturally, without force.
• To expand one’s own self-awareness.
• To develop the ability to consciously be “present,” in the moment.
• To gain the knowledge of how to be proactive rather than reactive in new and unfamiliar situations.
• To gain the ability to move through change, gracefully, and with flexibility.
• To appreciate that everything in life is connected – humans, animals, and nature.
• To help promote accountability for the effect one has on oneself, and in others.
• To rediscover the value of gratitude, compassion, and forgiveness.
• Respectful and congruent communications
• Decision Making/Choices
• Social Skills
• Body Language/Social Cues/Equine Cues
• Meditation
• Approach and Retreat
• Assertiveness
• Conflict resolution
• Empathy

Contact me for further information on EAP, my experience, and to set up an appointment.

Robert Lindquist Reaches

South Jordan UT