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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What difference does it make to have board members with lived  experience of mental health difficulties?


Our board members have been through what you are  going through, so truly understand. They also have first hand experience of using services so know what works and most importantly what doesn't.

  • Do you ride horses in sessions? 

No riding is involved. We find this suits those clients who have  not previously been around horses, and offers the most authentic interaction with horses. Our treatment team facilitate sessions using the EAGALA model whose model of facilitating sessions we are trained to follow. They have  strict code of ethics, we abide by, and have an ethics board we are accountable to. To see a copy of their code of  ethics, please contact us.

  • What is the  EAGALA model?


It is a team approach that includes a licensed, credentialed Mental Health Professional, a qualified Equine Specialist, and horses working together with the client in an arena/ field at all times. All the work is done on the ground with the horses front and centre, deliberately unhindered and never ridden, and allowed to interact with the client as they wish. This creates the space for the client, with the support of the professional facilitators, to reflect, project, and make deep connections.

  • Trained treatment team? 


The accredited therapist and experienced equine specialist have specialised experienced in mental health and horse psychology/ behaviour respectively. They are continually doing CPD  (Continuous Personal

Development) to further their knowledge to ensure we offer the highest quality of service to our clients.

  • Who are we accountable to for ethics and professionalism?


We are accountable to EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy 

 EAGALA is a client centred, solution orientated and evidence driven established in 1999. The most established and evidence based Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and personal development model 


BACP is to promote and provide education and training for counsellors and psychotherapists, and to inform and educate the public about the contribution that the counselling professions can make

  • Why does there need to be 2 facilitators for a session?


It is to manage the safety of clients. Two facilitators to keep an on eye on client(s) is imperative; if a client was to experience strong emotions this may have a negative effect on the horses, and if the horses get distressed this may have a negative effect on the client. Having the accredited therapist to manage the wellbeing on the client, and the experienced equine specialist managing the wellbeing of the horses is essential, to ensure the safety of all

  • What are risk assessments?  


These are to get a better understanding of your mental health background and what support you need and how we can offer it, and most importantly if it is not the right fit for you. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is a powerful intervention and our priority is to ensure we maintain a safe envorinment for our clients.  

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