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Equine Facilitated Learning & Psychotherapy

My lifelong passion for horses has finally led me to fulfil my dream of becoming an Equine Facilitated Therapist.

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Why equine therapy?

I am very excited to now also offer EFL (Equine Facilitated Learning) and EFP (Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy).  Both are experiential approaches, where we meet outdoors and work together with horses or ponies in sessions to help the therapeutic process. This powerful form of therapy can help people develop skills such as emotional regulation, self-confidence and responsibility.

EFL/P as a treatment can be used as an addition to traditional talk therapy or on its own.  Equine therapy offers a natural environment that can feel less threatening and has a calming and uplifting effect on the client.

People engage in ground-based activities such as grooming and themed activities or may just enjoy being in the company of horses – there is no riding and previous experience with equines is not required.

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Why equine therapy?

I am very excited to now also offer EFL (Equine Facilitated Learning) and EFP (Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy).  Both are experiential approaches, where we meet outdoors and work together with horses or ponies in the sessions.  This powerful form of therapy can help people develop skills such as emotional regulation, self-confidence and improved communication .

EFL/P as a treatment can be used as an addition to traditional talk therapy or on its own.  Equine therapy offers a natural environment that can feel less threatening and has a calming and uplifting effect on the client.

People engage in ground-based activities such as grooming and themed activities or may just enjoy being in the company of horses – there is no riding and previous experience with equines is not required.

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Who is equine therapy for?

This very different approach to therapy supports clients of all ages, both individuals and groups.

The informal setting makes therapy more relaxed and accessible particularly for clients who struggle with more traditional interventions. Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy can be especially helpful for people who want to change their behaviour, understand themselves better and want to improve their communication and social skills.

Together with our equines, we work with a variety of mental health issues.

Why not join me for my next workshop ‘Introduction to Equine Assisted Therapy’, to be confirmed in Corfe Mullen, Dorset.  Get in touch for further details.

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EAP can help people experiencing:

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Stress, anxiety & depression

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PTSD

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Lack of emotion regulation

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Loss and grief

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Social and behavioural disorders

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ADHD and autism

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Relationship problems

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Substance misuse

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What are the benefits?

The interaction with horses teaches clients about themselves, their relationship and communication styles.  This helps them recognise unhealthy patterns, build on their personal strengths and ultimately change their lives.  Equine Assisted Psychotherapy can help with:

  • Improved Adaptability
  • Distress tolerance and resilience
  • Emotional awareness and expression
  • Impulse control
  • Independence & social awareness
  • Managing vulnerability
  • Improved self-esteem and confidence
  • Problem solving and goal setting

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What are the benefits?

The interaction with horses teaches clients about themselves, their relationship and communication styles.  This helps them recognise unhealthy patterns, build on their personal strengths and ultimately change their lives.  Equine Assisted Psychotherapy can help with:

  • Improved Adaptability
  • Distress tolerance and resilience
  • Emotional awareness and expression
  • Impulse control
  • Independence & social awareness
  • Managing vulnerability
  • Improved self-esteem and confidence
  • Problem solving and goal setting

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Why horses?

Horses are prey animals who have developed finely tuned senses. They are experts at reading our body language and non-verbal cues, giving clients direct and objective feedback about their communication.

Horses have the natural ability to sense the underlying emotional and mental state of others around them. They live in the ‘here and now’ and offer authentic, honest contact, free from judgement and interpretation.

Working with equines can bring even subconscious or suppressed emotional struggles into our awareness. Then, with the help of our therapists, you can feel and process the emotions, make sense of them and allow emotional healing to take place.

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What happens in an EAP session?

Sessions are held in a safe environment (paddock or arena) with a qualified EAP practitioner, horse expert and one or more horses/ponies.

The therapy involves spending time with the equines in the form of observation, grooming and other activities. The participant is invited to apply non-verbal communication skills, creative thinking, problem solving and assertiveness to name but a few.  There is no pressure, no right or wrong and clients can be their authentic selves, which horses respond to without judgement.

Exercises are designed around different themes to suit the individual’s needs or goals and encourages them to explore how they felt and what they can learn from this powerful experience.

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What happens in an EAP session?

Sessions are held in a safe environment (paddock or arena) with a qualified EAP practitioner, horse expert and one or more horses/ponies.

The therapy involves spending time with the equines in the form of observation, grooming and other activities. The participant is invited to apply non-verbal communication skills, creative thinking, problem solving and assertiveness to name but a few.  There is no pressure, no right or wrong and clients can be their authentic selves, which horses respond to without judgement.

Exercises are designed around different themes to suit the individual’s needs or goals and encourages them to explore how they felt and what they can learn from this powerful experience.

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If you’re interested in finding out more about equine therapy and how it could help you, we’d love to hear from you…

 

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If you’re interested in finding out more about equine therapy and how it could help you, we’d love to hear from you…

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