At Lake Farm Therapy the horse's presence in a natural therapeutic environment can provide support, regulation, modelling and fresh perspectives. The trauma informed approach is based on the Equine Psychotherapy Institute and Gestalt principles of change.
Being with horses can grow self-awareness as horses live in their state of full-bodies awareness. Horses model what it it to be aware, grounded, use feelings as information, express emotions safely, seek support and return to a regulated state.
As herd animals, horses seek connection and can teach us about how we are in relationship. Equine therapy can provide safe opportunity to explore relational themes such as trust, boundaries, control, respect, vulnerability, attachment and intimacy.
Authentic and non-judgemental, horses offer an unconditional acceptance that may be a profoundly unique experience.
Equine therapy sessions at Lake Farm Therapy take place outdoors with the horses in the open paddock, smaller yards or the arena. If the weather is poor, sessions may be in the stables with the horses. The beautiful property offers many spots to pause and reflect, from the volcanic boulders around the lake to the bush paths.
There will be talking, regulating, reflecting and 'doing' in most sessions, flexibly responding to what is happening for you and the horses on the day.
The horses may be involved through observation, meeting, grooming, leading and inviting them to explore obstacles constructed as metaphors for feelings and challenges.
Equine assisted therapy is suitable for everyone - there is no horse riding and no prior horse experience is necessary, with the level of engagement with the horse tailored to the individual. Equine assisted therapy provides a flexible opportunity to experientially explore therapeutic goals outside of the traditional room-based environment.