Equine Assisted Counselling

Effective in treating a wide range of mental health issues.

Thryve Equine Assisted Counselling collaborates with Horses Helping Heal to provide a team approach to therapy that involves a Counsellor and an Equine specialist, who work together with horses to support the community. The Counselling professional oversees the clinical aspects of therapy, while the equine specialist ensures the safety of both clients and horses during activities.

Equine Assisted counselling utilises horses in the therapeutic process and is an experiential therapy that focuses on the individual’s experience of working with the horse and the insights that result from it.

Research has shown that equine assisted counselling can have several benefits for humans, including:

Reduced stress and anxiety:

Being around horses has been shown to reduce levels of stress and anxiety in humans. Horses are calm and reassuring animals that can help people feel more relaxed and calm.

Improved emotional regulation:

Horses can help people learn how to regulate their emotions and respond appropriately to different situations. This can be particularly helpful for people with mood disorders, such as depression or anxiety.

Increased self-confidence:

Learning to work with horses can be a challenging and rewarding experience that can help people develop greater self-confidence and self-esteem.

Enhanced communication skills:

Horses are sensitive animals that can pick up on nonverbal cues and body language. Working with horses can help people improve their communication skills and learn to communicate effectively with others.

Overall, being in the presence of horses can be a powerful and transformative experience for humans, and equine assisted counselling can be a valuable form of treatment for a range of physical, emotional, and mental health issues.

All activities are ground based. There is no horse riding available.

Equine Specialist
Tina Smith
Owner Horses Helping Heal