AEDP Institute

Transformance Talk: AEDP-Informed Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Presented by Transformance Journal author Carrie Ruggieri, LMHC BCETS

Live event was held on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 12:00 noon EST (9:00 am Pacific)

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Ms. Ruggieri’s Transformance Talk was based on her astounding, intelligent and deeply moving article which has 4 parts:

Part One: a historical introduction to the centrality of the horse-human relationship starting 7,000 years ago, when a human first mounted a horse, altering the course of human evolution. … Our continuing bond with the horse remains one of the few links to our finely hewn right-brain ancestral history … laid dormant over the course of time. AEDP meta-psychology is uniquely positioned to help us understand what we have lost as our evolution carried us further from the Eurasian Steppe, and has a methodology to reclaim and vitalize these capacities. 

Part Two introduces the incorporation of AEDP into Equine Assisted Therapy (EAP), and illuminates the perfect mapping of each onto the other. 

Part Three is a review of the horse/herd mentality, which supplies the therapeutic tools for AEDP-Informed EAP; this part of the article gives special attention to the transformational affect, awe, ubiquitous to the horse-human experience. 

Part Four is a transcription of a client’s account of her healing experience in equine therapy.

(Read the article here)


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Meet the Presenter

Carrie Ruggieri, LMHC, BCETS is an active member of the AEDP Institute and a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress with a practice in Providence, Rhode Island. Ms. Ruggieri’s practice focuses on helping individuals who suffer the effects of trauma experienced in childhood or adolescence. In addition to talk therapy, Carrie uniquely offers equine-assisted therapy; horses provide her patients comfort, help strengthen self-assertion, facilitate the experience of direct access to emotions, and facilitate the experience of mindful presence. Ms. Ruggieri brings experience working with children in foster care who are suffering attachment traumas, as well as experience with children and adults who have suffered the traumatic loss of a partner, parent, or child. Ms. Ruggieri also provides forensic trauma evaluations and critical incident interventions. She received her Masters in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research.