University counselor contributes to book on equine therapyPosted February 24, 2012
Steve Eller, counselor with ACU’s Counseling Center, has written two chapters in a recent book, Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling: Adding Animal Assisted Therapy to Your Practice. Kay Trotter, Ph.D., a counselor in private practice in Flower Mound, Texas, edited and initiated the book. It gathers insight from 28 counselors, psychologists and doctors on using horses for patients with various traumas, abuses and psychological issues.
"The writing process for this book came pretty easy, as it is a topic I am passionate about and believe in," says Eller. “I have been amazed, yet humbled, to be part of such a powerful therapeutic partnership using horses, and I wanted to share this process with other counselors. Horses teach us to trust the process, to have flexibility with situations, grace for those we are in relationship with, and courage to do the next best thing."
Eller wrote two chapters for the publication, “Exposed anxiety with equine assisted counseling” and “Social skills and communication shaped by equine baseball." His insight will educate medical professionals and university students interested in this innovative therapy.