About Us

Harnessing the Power of Horses for Emotional Healing and Personal Growth.

About Seen and Herd

Our Equine Assisted Therapy utilises the presence of horses to facilitate emotional growth and learning in individuals.

Natasha Whitwell, Equine Assisted Therapist and Owner

Natasha is a qualified Counsellor registered with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). She worked in the healthcare arena for many years, developing and running patient support programs for people with chronic illnesses, and teaching and training doctors and nurses through professional education programs.

Natasha is passionate about peoples’ capacity for personal growth and the ability to regain control over their lives, emotions and behaviours.
An animal lover, with dogs, cats, chickens and horses, she has always felt connected to the wisdom and the safety that animal companions bring to us when we are in emotional need.

What qualifications do we hold?

Training and qualifications

Natasha has undertaken years of significant training in counselling skills, and holds a Government recognised Diploma in Counselling, (CHC51015), along with equine-assisted therapy training through Equine Assisted Therapy Australia (EATA). Natasha is registered with the Australian Counselling Association and a member of the Australia Community Workers Association (ACWA).
Natasha is also qualified to run equine assisted learning programs and has been a professional education expert for many years.

Our practice is fully insured, and all therapists/facilitators hold current Working with Children Checks, police checks and have been trained in the most comprehensive first aid: HLT AID012, Provide an emergency First Aid Response in and Education and Care setting and HLTAID011: Provide First Aid. Natasha is also a student of the Trust Technique and has completed a course in equine reiki, supporting her animals as passionately as her human clients.

Our Vision

Our vision is to help make a positive impact on people’s mental wellbeing, one horse experience at a time.

So, what do we do?

Our Therapy Services

We provide room based counselling and Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT), to help people work through any issues they bring, which are preventing them from living their fullest and happiest lives.
Equine therapy is about connection – seeing the horses as sentient beings, who can teach us lessons for life – helping to regulate our nervous systems, offering emotional safety and confirmation, promoting whole-body awareness, modelling healthy boundaries and authentic leadership. Our horses function as co-therapists, supporting clients to regulate, seek honest feedback, and practice new skills without judgement, in a safe and supportive environment.
Our therapy is a person-centred somatic approach, grounded in proven therapeutic models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gestalt Therapy, Solution Focussed Brief Therapy (SFBT). Every client is unique, as are their challenges, learning styles, personalities and preferences. We deliver therapy which is tailored to every individual, and developed in partnership with our clients. We hold the belief that they are the experts in their own lives, and have the capacity to solve their own issues with help support and guidance from us and our horses.

Our clients can simply book without a referral, or they may be referred by traditional room-based therapists, psychologists, social workers, case managers or schools.
Sessions may be covered by NDIS if Self-managed or Plan-managed.

We also provide Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) programs for all ages, to develop confidence, capacity and emotional growth. This experiential learning is designed to build skills and self-awareness levels. School and corporate groups often benefit from the horses’ teachings about teams (herd) and communication skills. EAL activities are also run by mental health practitioners, so be assured if something powerful “comes up” for you, we are ready to work through it with you safely and supportively.

Coming in 2024….. Seen and Herd’s School childrens’ life skills training programs. We customise a six week training program for groups of students through their school. Each week, the group joins us at the farm to work with and learn about our horses. Among other things, we integrate the themes of respect, teamwork, boundaries, problem solving, decision-making, communication, focus, trust, and accountability into our curriculum.