Why Study Equine Assisted Mental Health?

A qualification in counselling and equine assisted mental health will equip you with a diverse set of skills to offer clients and employers. Equine assisted mental health is relatively new to Australia and is growing in popularity as research and clinical evidence of its effectiveness comes to light.

A growing body of anecdotal evidence supports that equine assisted mental health services are widely applicable to children, adolescents, and adults. Significant progress has been demonstrated in individuals experiencing grief or loss, struggling with addictions or dependency issues, plagued by anxiety and depression, suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and people on the autistic spectrum.

Our comprehensive, hands-on approach to horse handling means that you will be qualified to work outside with horses, or in a traditional room-based counselling environment. This integrated approach will enrich both your professional and your personal life.

What is equine assisted mental health?

Equine assisted mental health is an exciting, emerging field and offers potential to both clients and therapists. This therapy is an effective and rewarding way to work with people of all ages, and from all walks of life.

Equine assisted mental health involves the counsellor working with a horse, or a herd of horses, to assist clients in working through their issues and becoming aware of their responses and behaviours. Sessions can provide therapy, support and learning for corporate groups, families, couples, individuals, teens and children.

With equine assisted mental health, no two sessions are the same. Sessions can be very creative and are tailored to the client’s needs, whilst respecting the horse.

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