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Anxiety & Depression Trauma & PTSD Relationship
Grief & Loss Addictions
Equine Facilitated Counselling
Equine Facilitated Counsselling is an experiential psychotherapy that is facilitated by a (qualified) mental health professional with horse experience (EFMHA, 2003). At Shamrock, we combine our formal education as mental health professionals, science, and research to provide a therapeutic basis for adding horses and nature to our therapeutic work.
Horses are masters of non-verbal communication. They teach us about trust, respect, and boundaries, which we bridge to our clients' lives off of the farm. When people are met with the non-judgmental and forgiving eyes of a horse, it helps create an emotionally safe environment where it is easier to invite desired change and accept help.
In many ways, our equine facilitated counselling provides everything that traditional clinical counselling (see below) does, with the addition of a horse,
Traditional Clinical Counselling
Traditional counselling is typically thought of as “talk therapy”, with the addition of play and expressive therapies as appropriate. We use a variety of therapeutic approaches, including narrative and cognitive behavior therapy. It is our belief that each client’s needs are unique, and the work that we do in very dependent on the needs of the people we work with. Although we have an entire horse farm to make use of, we also have inviting therapy rooms for those who prefer to be inside.