This has long been the dream of Kate, her passion for horses and therapy led her to undertake the only regulated, endorsed and certified qualification available in the UK at a diploma level.
It has been a year long quest travelling to and from the Uk to attend the course and undertaking all written assignments has been a huge challenge with an existing practise and a family to care for, but it is a passion that Kate was determined to fulfil.
Equine-assisted psychotherapy does not involve riding, but may include grooming, feeding and ground exercises. Qualified Equine Assisted Psychotherapists work with one or more clients and one or more horses in an experiential (hands on) way to help clients learn about themselves and others, while processing or discussing the client’s feelings, behaviours, and patterns. The goal is to help the client in social, emotional, cognitive, or behavioural ways.
- There is no riding involved and no prior horse-knowledge is required, this therapy is also suitable for those with a fear of horses.
- Horse therapy is non-directive therapy which encourages the individual to find their own answers and take responsibility for their own choices.
- There’s a strict code of ethics, prioritising the dignity and well-being of both human and horse at all times.
Research shows Equine Therapy can work with those affected by addictions, emotional trauma (including PTSD and dissociative process), atypical behaviours, self-worth issues, Relationships, abuse, eating disorders, learning difficulties, anxiety and depression.
Equine Assisted Therapy is an intense therapy where powerful personal learning can take place in a non-threatening environment.