Beyond the Couch:
A Psychoanalytic Approach to
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Beyond the Couch written by Dr. Natasha Filippides, is the culmination of years of research and the marriage of two passions the love of horses and of clinical psychology. In this book you will find one of the first depth-oriented approaches for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) to be systematically conceptualized with an emphasis on the role of unconscious dynamics, entitled Depth Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (DEAP). DEAP is a celebration of the evolution of the horse human relationship and the evolution of psychoanalytic practice.  



DEAP takes psychoanalytic perspectives beyond the couch, beyond the traditional setting, into nature, and into the experiential relationship with an instinctual being that has partnered with humans for most of our history. It pioneers a depth-oriented approach to a young and developing field of EAP contributing to the efficacy of EAP as psychotherapeutic modality. DEAP joins classical and contemporary psychoanalytic thought with an ancient human-animal bond that in the modern world has taken a new form: horses as teachers, healers, and as partners in therapeutic practice. Dr. Natasha has taken what has been set forth in the field of EAP and deepened the understanding of the psychotherapeutic elements of the human-horse interaction. This book will be enjoyed by horse enthusiasts and seasoned clinicians alike. If you love learning about psychology and the power of horses helping humans grow and heal you will cherish this book for years to come, and find new gems of wisdom each time you pick it up.