Do I need experience of horses for equine-facilitated psychotherapy?
There is no need for you to be experienced in handling horses to take part in equine-assisted therapy or learning, and no horse riding is involved. The focus is on your relationship with the horse not your skill in managing it. If you feel anxious about being in close contact with a horse, I can help you to acclimatise until you feel more comfortable.
How safe is therapy with animals?
In my choice of animals for working with clients I am careful to select according to suitability of temperament. Both Rufus and Teasel are approved therapy pets registered with Pets as Therapy. However, because they are animals and not machines, I have undertaken risk assessments in relation to both dogs and horses being incorporated in clients’ therapy. My training has taught me to constantly monitor the behaviour and reactions of animals whilst clients are working with them. This allows me to minimise stress or anxiety to the animals and maintain the welfare of both them and you, as client. I also hold a Level 2 FAA Certificate in Emergency First Aid at Work.
Is Equine-assisted therapy suitable for people of all ages and those with disabilities?
Horses do not distinguish between people of different ages and nor do I in my therapy. Equally, horses do not judge people according to disability and are accepting of all physical abilities. Participants need to be aware, though, that sessions take place outdoors all year round and involve a degree of physical activity. However, if you alert me to your special needs in terms of both access to the therapy location and your ability to participate actively in therapy, I will endeavour to make adjustments to meet those needs where possible. Where I do not think that will be possible, I will suggest suitable alternative providers.
Can I be accompanied to therapy sessions?
Therapy sessions, like counselling, are confidential and therefore undertaken on a 1:1 basis, unless group therapy is being provided. If you need to be transported by others to your session, I will suggest suitable places where your companion can wait whilst your therapy/counselling takes place in privacy.
How many therapy sessions will I need?
The number of counselling sessions you undertake will vary depending on individuals’ needs, but will normally be reviewed after 6-8 sessions, once we have decided after the first session that we are happy to work together. For equine-assisted therapy, I will generally suggest that we use our first session to get to know each other, for you to meet the horses and for me to introduce you to the therapy. If we are both happy to proceed, then I would normally suggest a course of 6-8 sessions, following which we will review progress.
How much does a therapy or counselling session cost and how long does it last?
Counselling sessions (including those that incorporate dogs) are an hour long, and cost £40 per session. Equine-assisted therapy sessions are generally of 90 minutes’ duration and cost £60.
The images on this web-site are illustrative of client sessions but do not depict actual clients, whose confidentially is of the utmost importance to me. Thanks to Craig Stone Photography for his stunning photos.