The Therapy

Nurturing Growth Through Interaction with Horses.

 

Equine Assisted Therapy

Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) is an experiential therapy in which an equine-assisted therapist guides you through interactions and sometimes specific activities, with horses.

Understanding Equine Therapy

The process of growth occurs through engaging with horses and making (your own) meaning from the experience. These interactions promote self-reflection and analysis and therefore, a client is engaged intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. This in itself is very safe and affirming for many clients, and your therapist will be there to hold the space for you, should strong feelings arise.

Quite different from Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), EAT is carried out by a suitably qualified mental health professional and thus provides a safe, supportive and trauma-informed approach to counselling. By working with horses and a therapist, clients are assisted to work through their own personal issues and are supported to become aware of their responses and behaviours. Sessions can provide enormous insight and progress in cases where traditional talk therapy may not suit the client and can often accelerate insights.

What happens in a session?

EAT is an experiential therapy in which an equine-assisted therapist guides you through interactions and sometimes specific activities, with horses. You will interact with horses as a way to build connection. Your therapist will observe and interact with you to identify feelings and behaviour patterns and help you process thoughts and emotions that may arise.

Simple activities such as greeting, grooming and leading a horse can bring great insights into your own personal state when undertaken with a mental health practitioner. This builds a platform for discussion and self-realisation, and your therapist will be there to hold the space for you, should strong feelings arise.