Animal Assisted Psychotherapy

Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) utilizes specially trained animals in a clinical environment to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional and/or cognitive functioning.  

This widely documented and scientifically evaluated process is provided in a variety of settings such as hospitals, convalescent centers, rehabilitation facilities and adult day care and can be done in a group or individually. 

Gayle is considered a skilled and sensitive "Animal Mediator," understanding how animals communicate and animals understand her as well.  

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) uses a horse's natural ability to sense and communicate, helping bypass a client's conscious mind.  This therapeutic technique uses hands-on interaction with one or more horse 'co-therapists' along with human therapists.  

EAP does not involve riding, and it can be used for individuals, families or groups.   It is a safe place to feel and release emotions as well as discover hidden, subconscious issues.    

In a group, EAP facilitates expression between individuals, and thus offers assistance with group and family dynamics, team building, etc.  It is an effective therapy for Attention Deficit Disorder.  

Since childhood, Gayle has been rescuing, training and care-taking animals of all kinds, ultimately helping hone her skills as a therapist.  Concurrently, what she learned from animals allowed her to become skilled with human communication, sensing subtle nuances and intuiting what's going on under the surface.  

Gayle has a degree in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy from Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, a non-profit professional organization.   

EAP Testimonial:

“For the majority of my life I had been closed off to connections with people and even myself.  A few years ago I decided to break that lifestyle choice. I tried various techniques to embrace connecting rather than self-inflicted isolation. My efforts and choice to reverse those destructive patterns were successful to such a degree that I thought little else could move me forward in a monumental way.

I was wrong! On the advice of a friend I tried EAP ( Equine Assisted Psychotherapy) with Gayle Barklie of Soul Purpose.  I must admit, although I was open to trying, I wasn't convinced it would be as impactful as it turned out to be.  The guidance and observations provided by Gayle during this process were invaluable.  Despite my reluctance, which I wasn't even aware of, until Gayle asked me one simple question, I realized my self-sabotaging behavior. This resulted in life altering patterns that will forever change my relationships.

I’m now a witness, believer, and beneficiary of EAP with Gayle Barklie. These sessions were transformative, and the benefits are evident to this day!” - Anonymous Client

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