A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore. Further along he sees an old man, walking slowly and stooping often, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the ocean. “Why are you throwing starfish into the
As lockdown eases and we remain vigilant, my view is that there is a balance to be struck between providing support for my clients’ mental health, while remaining vigilant about COVID infection control. It seems like COVID will be around for some time, possibly increasing in prevalence during the Autumn/Winter of 2020. That said, I
Sarah Schlote highlighted this quotation on her American website, Equusoma. It gives us a perspective on why equine-facilitated therapy can be so helpful for us. I am passionate about the mammalian connection between horse and human and how we can co-regulate and partner with each other in the healthiest of ways. To relate on all
Winston Churchill described his own depression as the “black dog” which plagued his life. Depression is defined in the dictionary as ‘severe, typically prolonged, feelings of despondency and dejection.’ Then there’s the medical definition which says it’s ‘a mental condition characterised by severe feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy, typically accompanied by a lack of energy
The very idea of being near horses can evoke some big fear. But if you’re willing to give it a try, you can get some equally big results. This client came along for a one-day workshop. He went away with clear insights at a tricky time in his life. Here’s what he said (published with
Sometimes an experience of a different setting can bring a fresh perspective. That’s what clients often say when they reflect on what happened for them in equine sessions. It’s a chance to feel something new, to give yourself a break from routine and focus on yourself. If you’re facing problems in life, or maybe new
It can be a big step to consider couple therapy – exposing difficulties in your relationship to someone else. I’m often asked what couples can expect from the first session. It’s natural to be curious or even anxious about what’s going to happen. To begin with, I introduce myself and my ethical way of working.
An unexpected relationship break-up can affect us deeply. Relationship problems are one of the biggest triggers for clients coming to see me for counselling. It can be a really upsetting time, dealing with the loss of the relationship and missing the person who has ended it. However, there can be light at the end of
Whatever happens in an equine session will be determined in what occurs between the client and the horse(s). Usually there is some insight on how the client manages their relationship: how open the client is, who is in control of the relationship, who gives and who takes. Horses can be really good at showing these
Equine sessions with the horses can really help people regain that sense of being connected (rather than feeling lonely). People can develop this sense of isolation for many reasons: bereavement, relationship break-up, family problems, abandonment by parents, being adopted and unsure of their family of origin, social exclusion because of mental health problems, unemployment or being homeless.