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EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY

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

Equine Therapy 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 shortcut 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, with one session's benefits often compared to many months of conventional therapy.
 
Contact sessions are facilitated by a therapist, an equine specialist and a small herd of horses in an arena or field. The horses are free to respond without the use of ropes, halters or learnt commands enabling them to relate authentically. Unlike hippotherapy, they are not controlled or ridden during any part of treatment.  

Therapy: Welcome

WHAT HAPPENS IN A SESSION?

"You will be in an open space with two therapists and number of 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 gain insight, interpret and process what happens during the interaction. The horses will simply respond to how you are both in body and mind. If they sense emotional unrest or difficulty, they may mirror it. This all stems from their instinctive need for survival as animal's of prey. If someone is out of kilter, the safety of the entire herd is at stake. This means horses are incredibly sensitive to even the most subtle energetic states 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 sustained emotional and behavioural change. In the therapeutic context, the model allows for deep subconscious needs to surface so that the root cause of the disorder or difficulty can be fully seen. From this place of clarity and self awareness new solutions and relief from symptoms can arise with ease, allowing for healing to take place.

Track Clinic Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions are facilitated, alongside a herd of experienced therapy horses, by an EAGALA Equine Specialist, and one of Track Clinic's Integrative Psychotherapists.

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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 the 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.

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OUR OFFER

THERAPY FOR CHILDREN

Equine assisted therapy is suitable for children with emerging and diagnosed mental health or developmental conditions. Weekly 1-hour sessions are booked in 6-week blocks allowing for progress reviews. Each session costs £250 including session planning, post session reviews and outcomes report following a block of 6 weekly sessions. 

If your child has an EHCP or EOTAS, we can assist with Approved Provider funding applications.

THERAPY FOR FAMILY

Equine assisted therapy can help families communicate, relate, and overcome challenges together through experiential sessions. Formats are customised to your needs and may include: 1-hour weekly sessions in 6 week blocks; sub-grouping family members, focusing on siblings, parent-child or whole family dynamics

The cost is £350 per 1.5-hour horse therapy family session, for up to 5 family members. 

THERAPY FOR ADULTS

Equine assisted therapy is suitable for adults with emerging and diagnosed mental health or developmental conditions.  We offer private 1-hour sessions in 6-week blocks, immersive full or half days, and flexible multi-week programmes to suit.

The costs range from £250 for individual weekly sessions to £750 for full-day Immersives. 

THERAPY FOR GROUPS

We partner with schools, clinics, and nonprofits to provide equine facilitated psychotherapy in specialist groups. Tailored to your community's or organisation's needs, groups can be condition specific eg Autism, ADHD, Social Anxiety or experience specific eg Domestic Abuse, NEET, Looked After Children. 

Therapy: Meet the Team

THE TEAM

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.

Director of Track Clinic

NINA LEIJERSTAM

Founder of Track Clinic, Equine Coach

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.

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JESS WARD

Integrative Psychotherapist

Jess is fully accredited as a registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy and of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She has worked in public and private practice since 2012 and has extensive experiential experience.

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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.

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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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