Equine Involvement Therapy
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Equine Involvement Informed Therapy;
A combination of the natural herd model, sensorimotor informed therapy, hypnotherapy, mindfulness and energy work.
How The Natural Herd Equine Involvement Therapy informed Model translates to therapy with or without horses.
With or without the horses, Equine informed therapy works on addressing the psychological and emotional effects of trauma on the nervous system, body, mind and energy. In the process we recognize, identify and integrate separated, fearful, parts of the self…..bringing those parts together into the one whole ‘self’
Trauma is at the root of almost all mental health conditions. To have experienced trauma does not necessarily mean you have experienced a traumatic event or series of events. It can instead be related to your development when growing up….situations, relationships and quality of care giving all have a hugely profound effect on our nervous systems. As a small child we are easily overwhelmed, open and sensitive to damage, every part of which will be stored as negative or positive memory. These developmental wounds are as present in the body as they are in the brain
and can be so much a part of us, that they go below our conscious thoughts, meaning we hardly notice them. We react without knowing why and learn coping mechanisms from a very early age and may be unaware of the original events. They later show themselves in the symptoms you may be now be experiencing. Eating disorders, anxiety, depression, panic, freeze, addictions, compulsive disorders etc, all stem from some form of trauma.
As part of our model we employ Sensorimotor informed techniques which work with the body. Learning to understand and scan our inner landscape and mindfully track our sensations, allows us to access the energy locked into our system…..this energy is connected to painful memories and experiences we have previously been unable to resolve. Through seeing this energy for what it is we can learn to manage it and release those parts that no longer serve us.
This is a very natural process, seen constantly when in the company of the horses. They are acutely tuned into their bodies and capable of finding resources which calm and provide resilience and inner strength. So can you. In the same way we work with your fears by finding their purpose and seeing the strength that lies within them so that you can feel safe and free in your own body, mind and energy.
Just talking about our lives or past events does not shift the effects of those traumatic memories … it can often feel like a re-traumatising experience. Because the trauma memory is stored, or in many cases locked in a different part of our brain to ordinary memories it doesn’t age or fade. When this gets triggered our nervous system fires up and the ‘thinking’ part of our brain shuts down. Traumatic events or developmental trauma affect the body as much as the brain, all the responses to the triggers, fight, flight and freeze, are actioned by your body. Unless we include the body in the healing process we never get to have a new safe experience. We may need to help our body to do something different instead of freezing. When we can have a different experience mindfully with our body, we then create a new neural pathway in the brain.
A Healing Philosophy Shared Online
Our healing philosophy…..for the healing of anxiety, depression, eating disorders and all related psychological disorder.
Drawing on skills acquired from almost 30 years experience of mental health and recovery, we offer a unique combination of tried, tested and highly successful therapies. Our healing philosophy guides you to finding the key….the key to unlocking your own process to recovery.
Together we hone each session to your very individual needs…between us we can work on exactly what it is, that will benefit you the most, now and beyond into your daily life.
Sensorimotor informed therapy uses the connection between mind and body.
Hypnotherapy helps you access a deeper sense of self….the part that recognises its ability to feel safe, connected and whole.
Counselling, Coaching, Mindfulness and Energy work.
The natural herd model is based on our Equine Involvement approach to therapy.
Mentoring and Coaching
Perhaps you are already on the road to recovery, or need someone to guide you on a path you have already chosen for yourself. We can coach and mentor you to whatever you want to achieve or to whoever it is you want to become. It’s a lonely path to walk alone.
If a spiritual approach is better suited to you, we can work that way too.
If you’re interested in a more spiritual approach we can work that way too
With the healing help of your horse you can not only FEEL better but actually GET better....
At Hopethruhorses we can bring our model to an individual with their own horse. Our approach works with sensorimotor informed techniques, sensory focused mindfulness and learning from the responses of the horse. We provide tools and strategies to help self-regulation and ways to re-experience the mind and body's response to fear.... replacing fear with a sense of resilience, safety and calm.
How this works.
Your horse through his/her reactions…their energy, body language and behaviours…not only highlight fears, anxieties and doubts but also strengths and weaknesses. Imbalances, changes in energy, intention, as well as our survival strategies and beliefs are all picked up and fed back to us in our interactions with our horse. All of these aspects give vital information which can be used to help self-regulate and re-experience the way we think, feel and see the world around us. With the healing help of your horse you can not only FEEL better but actually GET better.
As part of our model we employ Sensorimotor informed techniques which work with the body. Learning to understand and scan the body’s inner landscape and mindfully track sensations, allows access to the energy locked in the system…..this energy is connected to painful memories and experiences that have been previously unresolved. Through seeing this energy for what it is it can be managed and those parts that are no longer of service can be healed and released.
This is a very natural process, seen constantly when in the company of the horses. They are acutely tuned into their bodies and capable of finding resources which calm and provide resilience and inner strength. In the same way we work with fears and anxieties by finding their purpose and seeing the strength that lies within them. This allows for a feeling of safety in body, mind and energy.
Equine Involvement Therapy in the Company of Horses
Wales, United Kingdom
We have found a way to effectively adapt our transformative, tried and tested therapeutic approach to a non-equine, more traditional environment. The company of the horses is not for everyone; a visit from us, a skype or phone call in your own home, might feel more manageable. Our latest service also means sessions can go ahead whatever the weather. Do get in touch to find out more….
Phone Call 07780 675112
Skype Email Skype username Joanna Corfield
Hopethru YOUR Horse
Your beloved horse can do more than make you FEEL better. He/she can help you GET better. Hopethruhorses will come to you. In the comfort of your own safe and familiar environment we will help you access the healing power of your horse.
All that we do in the company of the Hopethruhorses herd we can bring to you and your horse. Whatever you’re struggling with, depression, anxiety, an eating disorder, stress or the impact of trauma, Hopethruhorses and your own horse can be the help you’ve been longing for.
Your horse will be showing you many of the different aspects of who you are and how you are feeling right now. For example, some of the things you love about him will be highlighting aspects of you that feel fulfilled by those traits. The parts you find difficult or those times when you feel frustrated, let down, angry, or anxious are all extremely useful insights, all these emotions when seen for what they really are and dealt with at a much deeper level, can be exactly what you need to help you heal and recover.
If you’d like to understand more please do ring me, I’d love to talk it through with you.
Extensive experience in therapeutic and caring environments, both as a therapist and in support roles. Pioneer of Equine Involvement Therapy, a highly effective therapy working with horses to help clients address and overcome a range of mental and emotional health issues. Qualified hypnotherapist, NLP practitioner and coach with training in trauma therapies, counselling as well as sensorimotor psychotherapy.