EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY

An evidence-based therapy used in the treatment of anxiety, depression, attachment disorders, PTSD, ADHD, OCD and to support behavioural and developmental disorders such as Autism.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy can be booked as individuals, family pairs or families of up to five members. Sessions last for 1 hour and are held weekly.

NO RIDING TAKES PLACE AND NO EXPERIENCE NOR INTEREST IN HORSES IS REQUIRED.

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The horses provide a short cut to our inner worlds, responding in the moment with absolute integrity, by mirroring our intention, energy and body language. They allow emotional and behavioural change to take place free from judgements and expectations. 

Treatment programmes are typically shorter than other forms of intervention: 4-6 weeks long on average. Sometimes even one consultation is sufficient to unlock the key barriers to change and recovery.


Contact sessions are facilitated by a therapist, an equine specialist and two or three hoses in an arena or field. The horses are free to respond without the use of ropes, halters or learnt commands. 

Individual and paired sessions £250 per session

Family sessions cost £100 per person

 

WHAT HAPPENS IN A SESSION?

"You will be in an arena with two therapists and two or three horses who you can choose to interact with in whichever way feels natural, and at a distance of your choosing. The therapists are trained to help you interpret and process what happens during the interaction. The horse will simply respond to how you are both in body and mind. If they sense emotional unrest or difficulty, they will mirror it. This all stems from their instinctive need for survival as a prey animal. If someone's out of kilter, the safety of the entire herd is at stake.  This means horses are incredibly sensitive to the subtle, energetic forces of others. The interaction with the horses shows the therapists what the barriers to recovery are which in turn helps the client draw out new ways of thinking and behaving in relation to the problem, without judgement or expectation." - Nina, Founder of Track Clinic

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We adhere to a globally recognised model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning (EAGALA.org) which is proven to bring about emotional and behavioural change. In the therapeutic context the model allows deep subconscious needs to surface so that the root cause of the mental health condition can be fully seen. From this place of clarity and self awareness new solutions and relief from symptoms arise with ease. Similarly, in the coaching context, this form of experiential learning unmasks our true nature and clears blockages in progress and performance. 

Track Clinic Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions are facilitated, alongside a herd of experienced therapy horses, by Nina Thomson, EAGALA Equine Specialist, and one of Track Clinic's Integrative Psychotherapists; Charlotte Clements, Justine McCarthy or Play Therapist, Sue Smith.

 

EVIDENCE

Published studies contributing to the evidence base of the EAGALA Model exist in the fields of adolescent mental health, children with ADD, chronic psychiatric inpatients, Veterans with PTSD, victims of sexual & domestic abuse and trauma patients.

 
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OUR HORSES

Chosen for their innate willingness to partner up with people, our horses have kind, curious natures unhampered by human imposed routine and conventional training. They have been met as individuals with a deep need to live naturally - in herds, in open spaces of varying terrain, free from confinement of stables - and have built relationships with humans based on respect not force. This gives them emotional stability and a heightened ability to read and react to the emotional energy of people.

 

THERAPY FACILITATORS

Track Clinic Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions are conducted in a field alongside a herd of therapy horses who are free to respond instinctively. Sessions are co-facilitated by a certified Equine Specialist and a Mental Health Practitioner.

NINA THOMSON

Founder of Track Clinic, Equine Specialist

Nina is a certified EAGALA practitioner, the global standard in equine assisted psychotherapy and learning. She has studied with Master Somatic Coach, Ariana Strozzi, and is an Equine Behaviourist accredited by the Natural Animal Centre.

CHARLOTTE CLEMENTS

Integrative Psychotherapist

Charlotte has worked with schools, charities and in private practice since 2007. She draws on her extensive experiential experience; sand tray, art and play therapy. Charlotte has an MA in Integrative Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies

JUSTINE MCCARTHY

Integrative Psychotherapist

Justine has been working as a psychotherapist for over 15 years. She brings experience of working with adults and young people, in private practice and schools. She has an MA in Integrative Psychotherapy, a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling in Schools.

SUE SMITH

Play Therapist

With a MA in Play Therapy, Sue has worked in SEND schools and in private practice since 2012. She is a Bereavement Support Therapist for Mosaic and has extensive experience working with children and families struggling with emotional and behavioural difficulties.

LAURA KIRKPATRICK

Equine Specialist

Laura is a certified EAGALA practitioner, the global standard in equine assisted psychotherapy and learning. She works alongside our team of therapists in co-facilitating individual and paired therapy sessions.

 

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