Equine-Assisted Therapy (HEARTS Project)


Hope through Equine-Assisted Recovery and Therapy Services - The HEARTS Project includes Gil Institute clinicians who collaborate onsite with Katie Fallon, EAGALA-certified equine specialist, who provides services with her horses in a wonderful location in Leesburg, Virginia (Bridle Paths). HEARTS is offered to individual clients, children and adults, as well as groups. Parents and caregivers will have a chance to observe and participate sessions.

Gil Institute therapist, and Katie Fallon provided a group experience that focused on young boys with dysregulation. This group gave children opportunities to develop mastery, appropriate boundaries, and empathy.

Equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is a unique form of psychotherapy that uses horses as a therapeutic tool that has the potential to address a broad range of social, emotional, and behavioral problems. EAP is an experiential therapeutic approach that addresses treatment goals using collaborative efforts among a horse professional, licensed therapist, the horse, and the client. Each client-driven session includes hands-on activities with the horses, as well as processing of feelings, behaviors, and patterns to enable clients to learn about themselves and others.

Clients interact with the horses on the ground, using non-verbal communication, problem-solving, and creative thinking to address a variety of mental health and developmental issues, including: depression; anxiety; sibling, parent, and family conflicts; behavioral issues;            communication disorders; attention deficit disorder; and post-traumatic stress (PTS).

HEARTS LogoRead Dr. Eliana Gil's Interview with Katie Fallon

Email Katie Fallon at Bridle Paths directly.


Bridle Paths
Stone Horse Farm
43247 Spinks Ferry Road
Leesburg, VA 20176