We adhere to the EAGALA Model: the Global Standard for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Personal Development. This model uses people already qualified in their own field, ie an Equine Specialist and a Mental Health Specialist, working equally together with the horses.
It is an evidence based, solution orientated method, which has proven results on a global basis. All EAGALA Certified Professionals complete a rigorous training programme, and operate under a strong code of ethics.
EAGALA is the only global association with a code of ethics AND a process to uphold those ethics, assuring the highest standard of care.
Our Philosophy and Vision
Our philosophy is that all people are unique, valued and respected, and each person matters to us whatever their situation, or background. We know that your aim is to get the most out of your time with us, therefore, whether you come for team building, a relaxation day, or therapy, our aim is to make your experience a positive one.
We only use qualified professional Mental Health Specialists and Equine Therapists, all thoroughly checked to the best of our ability. Therefore providing you with the best customer service that we can.
Our Vision is to have Equine Therapy accessible to all, to give you an opportunity to relax and create solutions for your lifestyle, and to promote mental health and well-being. Also to create a network of professionally qualified mental health therapists and equine specialists within our team.
It all started with Nicola's passion for horses, teaching and training both horses and riders. Early on in her formal equestrian training she began to notice that horses responded very differently with certain people, especially those that were disabled and those with learning difficulties. The horses often looked after them better than 'normal' clients. It also became very apparent that children with learning difficulties, such as ADHD, became much calmer and responsible around them. With this in mind it became a thought, that changed into a goal to use these unexplained things to benefit humans of all walks of life.
Penny's passion was in enabling people to change through therapy, but increasingly found the restrictions of just talking inhibited some of her clients work with her. She became interested in using the arts in therapy through a friend who was an Arts Therapist. Penny then trained as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, and also began to take some clients outside for therapy. She was struck with how effective, positive and empowering this was for people. Through using both the arts and nature, and seeing the huge differences these made to people's mental recovery, Penny also appreciated Nicola's passion for using horses in this type of work.
As they began to see the potential in using their individual skills together in some way, Nicola came across the EAGALA system, which provided just the right environment for both of their passions to be combined, and used for the benefit of those they really wanted to help.
Together, Nicola and Penny trained to be EAGALA therapists and are now passionate about this form of therapy. They never cease to be amazed at how horses have an innate sense of knowing each individual person, and of the impact they have on peoples' lives.
Meet the Team
Director and Psychotherapist
I have an MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, and am registered with BACP, and accredited with ACC. I have worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist for 30 years, mainly in my own private practice, but also in the NHS sector. I have worked with a variety of clients, both adults and children, facing issues such as depression, PTSD, domestic violence, anxiety disorders, bullying, general illnesses and disabilities and many more.
Director and Equine Specialist
I am a qualified Equestrian Coach with British Horse Society, owning my own horses for over 30 years. I have worked with adults, children, the disabled, trained students, and competitive clients. I have also trained and rehabilitated horses and ponies.
I have served in the Police Service for 15 years working with vulnerable victims, addicts, offenders and others.
LONDON and SOUTH EAST EAGALA COORDINATOR 2016/2017
Our Main Horses
Directors - Equines
As you can see they work very hard!!!!
These are our main horses. We have purposely not told you about them because it is vital to the work that they can become a metaphor in your life.
Most Equine therapists tend not to tell you the horses' names. As their roles are so important to this work, we keep their identity and personality secret in most cases; please do not take offence by this. However in some circumstances we may share with you some more personal details about the horses, and this would be more likely in the team building sessions.
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