Equine Facilitated Therapy is unique, not just because it takes place outside in nature, but because insights and meaningful experiences come through the lens of, and the relationship with, the horse.
About Equine Facilitated Therapy
Equine Facilitated Therapy differs from other types of therapy in many ways. One important one, is that insights and experience come through the lens of the horse. Lizzie knows her horses well, and although as the therapist she leads the session, and offers insights and routes for exploration, the horses will always act, interact and react from their own experience which lends perspective and authenticity.
Other unique aspects of this type of therapy include: The setting being outside in and connected to nature; Having the luxury of space and the opportunity to move around and get your body as well as your heart and mind involved with your process; Having 4 brains, bodies and hearts support and witness your process rather than just one; Connection with a horse's large heart, freely given (you are paying the human and not the horses) is in itself a wonderful experience.
Connection with a horse, freely given can be a profound experience in itself.
A horse will always react honestly to how a person presents, and can give us feedback on all the unspoken parts of ourselves. This can lead to profound insights and shifts – the ripples of which can touch every aspect of our lives.
Learning to be ourselves and true to ourselves can be challenging in the face of our own and others’ judgement, and within society as a whole. As horses respond without bias judgment or societal pressure we can more easily find a space where we can discover and inhabit our authentic selves.
Horses prefer people to be congruent and respond differently when we are missing signs or information from our own body and feelings. As humans we have a tendency to override these signals, so the feedback from a horse can be helpful in acknowledging what we may have been ignoring. Horses naturally have qualities of stillness and peace; acceptance of 'what is'. They can model and share this state with us. Once learnt, being able to access such stillness allows us a chance to take stock, stop struggling and replenish ourselves.
Experiencing a facilitated relationship with a horse (or horses) can touch inner depths for many people. Horses will meet you on a feeling level, bypassing all our stories, histories and layers of reasoning about who and how we are, which can feel deeply satisfying
Equine Facilitated Therapy is unique, not just because it takes place outside in nature, but because insights and meaningful experiences come through the lens of and the relationship with, the horse.
An Equine Facilitated Therapy session
All the sessions take place on the ground; there is no sitting on or riding the horses.
You don’t need any prior knowledge of handling horses, if you’re nervous we can stay separated by a fence until you feel more confident.
Whatever issues you bring we’ll work with the horses, or with one horse, either in a field or an enclosed area or circle. There will be a mixture of talking with me, and relating through connection, an exercise or experience with a horse or horses.
As the conversation with horses happens non-verbally, there will be an invitation to feel the impact of your thoughts and feelings in your body, which is how the horses will read you.
I will send you notes from your session in the following days, to aid in anchoring any insights.
Sessions last about an hour and a half, and will go ahead unless there are high winds, extreme cold or driving rain... we will discuss our tolerance levels if this looks likely! Please arrive ready for a muddy / dusty / wet / cold / warm environment with appropriate shoes (no sandals), sun cream, coats, hats etc for the conditions. Payment can be made by BACS or card on the day. If you need to change a session, please contact me as soon as you can and I will rearrange if possible. Cancellations with less than 24 hours’ notice may be charged If I have to cancel, I will give you as much notice as possible.
Equine Facilitated Therapy is not regulated. Before you book a session do make sure to the best of your ability that the facilitator you choose has completed a regulated training, has regular professional supervision, and is a member of a body that has a robust code of ethics. I am a member of HEIR (Human Equine Interaction Register) and also NCIP (National Council of Integrative Pyschotherapists) and adhere to both codes of ethics.
I am always happy to answer any questions or queries you may have.