Face-to-face counselling is usually room-based talking therapy that enables you to talk about issues specific to you, problems and feelings in a confidential and safe environment.
We see a counselling session as your space as an individual to choose what you would like to explore, express and discuss within the therapeutic space. We don't judge. We will work with you to encourage and support you.
Psychotherapy is a deeper process where we explore patterns or themes that are causing distress or difficulty. We will work with you to address these patterns or themes and how they link to things about you such as your childhood family experiences, the challenges you've experienced and the coping strategies and beliefs you've developed. The aim is to enable change by understanding why things are going wrong and exploring different ways of thinking and behaving.
We know that talking is sometimes difficult so we can use different techniques such as art, play and sand-tray to help you express what you’re going through.
Equine Assisted Therapy is a type of therapy in which humans interact with horses in their natural environment as a way of developing emotional growth and addressing difficulties at a deeper level than simply talking.
The collaborative relationship between the client, the therapist, and the horses themselves creates positive and long-lasting changes in the mind and the body.
Equine assisted therapy often helps people change and grow more effectively and quickly than traditional clinical talking-based approaches. It's particularly beneficial for children and young people who might find it difficult to engage in face-to-face counselling.
Working with horses is engaging - our deepest feelings about ourselves and others are immediately reflected back to us by the horses in a non-judgmental way. Equine assisted therapy therefore helps individuals to learn about themselves by participating in activities with the horses, then discussing and processing feelings, behaviours and patterns.
Why do we use horses?
· Horses don’t judge us; they don’t lie, and they don’t hold grudges
· Horses are hugely sensitive and will mirror our feelings through their own behaviours
· Horses will provide immediate and honest feedback on everything we do
· Horses live in the moment – they don’t hold onto what happened in the past or what might happen next
· Horses teach us how we present ourselves to the world
· Horses allow the therapy to be non-confrontational and gentle; equine assisted therapy takes the pressure off the client and can be experienced as less intense than traditional one-to-one talking therapy
· Horses do everything non-verbally, so sometimes we can run whole sessions without speaking!