Medicare rebates are available with a GP referral; participants on NDIS plans are also welcome.
By exploring our thinking processes, behaviours and emotional responses in a supported therapeutic relationship we can deepen personal awareness and realise our power of choice. Such exploration can lead to improved relationships, as well as personal wellness and emotional balance.
Our approach is often quite experiential with the idea that talking alone does not necessarily bring about change. Doing things differently can also bring about growth and personal development which supports clients toward sustained emotional wellness. Encounters with the horses are tailored to meet the needs and specific treatment goals of each client and can include herd observations, meeting the horses at liberty, sharing touch and grooming as well as leading activities.
Equine-Assisted Therapy indicates the inclusion of horses and the natural environment in our therapy services. We continue to provide evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Narrative Therapy with the additional support of horses and dogs in an outdoor setting as clinically appropriate.
Every horse and human interaction is unique. Some clients report experiencing emotional safety and trust and just by being in the presence of horse’s unconscious feelings or needs can emerge that are then available for therapeutic processing.
Horses offer authentic, physical, non-verbal contact in relationship. They model healthy functioning; this can provide opportunities to explore concepts such as awareness, presence, boundaries, herd/family dynamics, relationships, managing emotions and lifestyle choices.
Participation in group therapy or learning experiences can often be a valuable and rewarding opportunity and suitable alternative to individual therapy. We are also pleased to offer small group work for young people and adults and tailor these programs to meet the needs of participants. These are half to 2 day workshops and the 8-week Muster Program.