Equine Assisted Psychotherapy


EAP is a new approach to therapy and personal growth using Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning.  This approach assists to increase self-awareness and self-reflection leading to improved understanding of ‘self’ and others to help make positive changes, improve relationships, social, emotional and communication skills.

 We offer the following packages and provide:

  • Equine assisted psychotherapy- Packages that will create a treatment plan for mental health related issues, personal development, improved resilience, social, emotional, communication skills and relationships

  •  Equine assisted learning – Goal based packages ideal for groups wanting to develop teambuilding, leadership skills and self-care skills

  • Introduction to Equines –  Packages for individuals looking to gain effective communication skills and improving social functioning, increased confidence and self-esteem

  • Empowerment through equines – a bespoke 4-6 week course, one session per week, 2 hours in duration. Sessions aim to build on learning to trust, internal wisdom and developing strategies to overcome fears and anxieties

  • Demonstrations and coffee mornings – providing opportunities for relaxation, timeout, personal reflection, insight and self-care

HOW and WHY HORSES?

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and/or Learning is a partnership between a Mental Health Practitioner, Equine Specialist, Horses and Client/s. 

The work takes place in an enclosed area where clients are introduced to horses.  The horses act as a metaphor for the client/s life and beliefs, allowing client/s to share their stories in a safe, non-judgemental and accepting manner, the horses do not show prejudice.   

The horses respond instantly to non-verbal language offering prompt feedback to the client/s, allowing for reflection of their emotional state, energy and behaviour.  The approach is client/s led, ground based (no riding) and solution focused, clients will develop new ways of being in relationships with the horses and enable the skills to be developed further outside of therapy.

Just being around horses can have healing benefits, horses rely mainly on development of mutual trust and respect and skills such as curiosity, concentration and observation.

An Alternative

There is something about the outside of a horse this is good for the inside of a man
~Winston Churchill

 

More Equine Assisted Psychotherapy offers something different from the normal counselling and pschotherapy.  Some of which depending on your temperament can really come across as quite intense.

Horses do not have the ability to pre-judge you, be sensitive about what you say.  They can detect your emotions and usually are honest with their reaction to you and never lie.  Opportunities for powerful learning can often arise and as you become comfortable and happy in the situation you will change your perception of yourself and others.

The eye is the window to the soul.
~Proverb

 

Helping

Are you suffering from low self-esteem! Are you finding relationships and interaction difficult!  Are you feeling anxious or depressed!  If you can say yes to any of the above you may find Equine Assisted Psychotherapy on a bespoke programme successful. 



Contact for more information/appointment: 07851265523


 Jo Wagstaff  07851265523