Anyone interested in learning more about the way they perceive and react to the world around them can benefit from EFL/P. In working with the horses in an outdoor and natural environment people report getting a sense of going back to nature.
Horses mirror our emotions and therefore it is not always necessary to verbally express the struggles you are facing. In this respect, equine therapy forms an alternative to talking therapies whereby clear articulation of a problem may be required to start the work. However, sometimes the horses assist us in creating a narrative of events, thereby helping us verbally express difficult moments or situations. In addition, the experiencing a connection or disconnection with the horses provides people with alternative insights into their personal situation. In some cases, the horses have picked up on issues before clients are fully aware of them yourselves.
Equine Assisted Learning (EFL)/ coaching
EFL/ coaching may be able to help if any of the following applies to you:
- Stuck on an idea and need a fresh view to shed some light on a situation?
- Not sure what you want to do in your life?
- Struggling to reach your goals?
- Lacking confidence and/ or motivation?
- Unable to identify what’s holding you back?
- Difficulty in taking control over your plans and goals?
We can always learn something new about ourselves. If you are interested in personal development, EFL sessions can help by providing feedback on your non-verbal behaviour and body language. Discover how someone else perceives your actions and intentions. Understand how you come across in relationships. Get support in setting your boundaries. Learn different leadership techniques.
Business development/ corporate – I offer four different programs (individual of group sessions) in which you can explore different aspects of your organisation. Shed a different light on organisational processes or changes, and the dynamics within your teams and within the organisational structure.
- Leadership skills session – Develop your leadership skills. Learn how you come across to other and how to efficiently communicate with those you work with.
- Team building session – How well do you know the people you work with? What really are their strengths and how does that fit in their role?
- Equine brain storming session – Stuck on an idea? Or stuck in a way of working? Let me and the horses provide a fresh view on things.
- Strength & Weakness Profiling – Learn more about the strengths and weaknesses in your company or team.
Carers – Learn to feel and communicate your boundaries. Have some time and a place where you spend time on you and your needs. How is your balance in caring for someone else and caring for yourself? Dealing with feelings such as grief, feeling overstretched or overworked. Learn how to ask for help.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EFP)
Anxiety – Learn to regulate your emotions through breathing exercises and mindfulness exercises. Learn the effects of synchronising your breathing patterns with the horse and witness the effects of changing your breathing in the horse. Having this direct feedback available from the horse helps you experience a sense of connection to the horse through breathing together.
Depression/ Low mood – Understand how your thoughts affect your emotions. Let the horse mirror your feelings. Learn to synchronise your breathing to help you calm down your arousal levels and therefore create space to think more clearly. Learn how to take control by acknowledging your needs.
Autism Spectrum – Learn social skills (how do I come across and how does someone else interpret that). Learn to ‘be’ and spend time with the horses, generating confidence by creating a safe space. Learn to communicate with others. Learn to identify feelings and emotions in yourself and others. Learn to trust your abilities and gain confidence.
Trauma (incl. PTSD, Abuse, Event related trauma) – Trauma processing. Learn how a trauma is impacting in your current situation. Learn breathing exercises to help calm down your nervous system. Learn to connect. Create a narrative of events in your life. Sense how your emotions are manifested in your body.
Acquired brain injury (ABI) – Help to process the changes caused by ABI to your life. Become aware of cognitive difficulties you maybe experiencing and working with you to find your strengths and work with them. Gain insights into the changing role of family members in the context of the client. Let the connection with the horse assist in coming to terms with the loss of cognitive abilities and grieve loss of your old self.
Relationship Therapy – Learn more about your relationship dynamics, and discover what works well and what is not working so well. Gain insight into your role within the relationship and how certain changes can affect the dynamic or your relationship.