Equine facilitated Psychotherapy in Telford
Please contact the Cavalier Centre for details of the Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy work that we do with them.
Equine facilitated psychotherapy
Working with horses can help clients learn new ways of relating with each other. Horses are quick to pick up on the emotional state of a person and emotional healing requires that the person be “limbically” known – they are being “heard” at the deepest level. Horses do not have an “agenda”: they connect at a level which changes the neural pathways and allows clients to generalise new ways of relating and understanding without the barriers of words.
The co-therapists in this venture are their herd of four horses: Bonny, Bouncer, Fly and Star.
Polly Burns is an integrative child psychotherapist with extensive experience in working with young people and adults suffering from trauma, anxiety and depression. As well as working with individuals, she provides training for residential workers, social workers and foster-carers. After studying in the United States, Polly graduated as a H.E.A,L. (Human Equine Alliance for Learning) facilitator in 2011. The HEAL model is an equine assisted therapy model, rooted in psychotherapy and the neuroscience of relationships.
Horses are relational. Working with horses requires the development of a relationship. It works directly with the emotional (or limbic) areas of the brain. Horses, in a herd, communicate directly with each other through their limbic systems and they communicate with humans in the same way. Through the developing relationship with the horses (and guided by an expert facilitator or therapist such as Polly), new neural connections can be made in the human brain and new pathways developed through this new experience. Horses are indeed co-therapists. This is an experiential, rather than an educational process: it works on a “gut” (or implicit) level rather than on a cognitive one and this is essential in any change because the patterns of behaviour we have developed as a result of our earliest experiences also work on an implicit level and are not directly amenable to cognitive change. Thus, working with horses can create change much faster than conventional work in therapy.
Polly also uses her knowledge of arts-based therapies alongside the work with the horses to enable her clients to reflect about their experiences with the horses and thus consolidate their emotional learning with cognitive understanding.
Polly can provide work for individuals and groups at her base in the Ironbridge Gorge. The cost of this work is open to negotiation depending on the size of the group or the number of sessions.
Please contact Polly directly on 01952 433 230 or 07919 260 066 or by email at email@example.com to discuss your requirements