A Stable Life Equine Acceptance Therapy Program
Dublin South Australia
At A Stable Life Counselling Service with Equine Acceptance Therapy, we offer a non clinical, peaceful, safe place to explore your feelings, behaviours and emotions without judgement. Relax and reflect with our horses. Our 12 week program is completely flexible to suit each individuals needs. Sessions include but are not limited to,
An introduction to safety aspect to consider while working with horses is explained. We will introduce you to our horses. This could be patting the horses over the fence or for those who are a little more confident you can interact a little closer, one on one time in with the horse, with support. This helps to builds confidence.
Once you are comfortable around the horses, you can choose a horse to work with. At this point, a bond between you and the horse is often created through brushing, patting, being calm, relaxed and non-threatening. You will learn to understand body language and boundaries. This will help build trust, confidence and self-awareness.
You can walk horses through exercises, leading, yielding and moving the horse around the arena. This promotes taking control, confidence building and learning to “Ask” not “Demand” therefore creating calm. Every action has a reaction.
If you would like to take it a little further, at this stage you can learn basic horsemanship. Working through issues the horse may have, problem solving, processing and simplifying issues for the horse. This teaches you to be responsive not reactive to issues. This promotes self-awareness and the monitoring of moods, attitudes and self-control.
The next stage is working with horses at liberty, no ropes or halters. Having control over a 450kg horse builds self-awareness, trust, respect and connection with the horse. To be successful you must be calm and “in the now” with the horse.
At the end of each session there is time to reflect and recap what has been learnt during the sessions. Time to relax, recognise any behavioural changes and how horsemanship philosophies can be adopted into everyday life. This allows you to reflect and relay what you feel you have achieved. A progress assessment is made to enable you to move at your own pace, without pressure.
Single Sessions: Bookings are taken for a morning or afternoon session. Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays (more days becoming available) The session duration is from one to two hours. (can go longer if required on the day) 12 sessions preferred for best results. Session progress will depend on the individual. The more comfortable you are around the horse the more horsemanship skills can be taught. Each session can progress from the last. Where possible, you can use the same horse you bonded with in your last session.
Consecutive day sessions: You must have completed at least one session before booking into a week program. Booking are taken for 4 consecutive days by prior arrangement. This includes a morning session, lunch break, afternoon session and debriefing. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Couples Sessions: Couples sessions can be arranged once you have completed 6 sessions. This will give you the chance to show your partner/ carer or support person what you have achieved.
Support Person Only: We arrange special partners only days for people who are living with someone with PTSD, Anxiety, Depression. These days are for supporting those who are trying to "hold it all together" for their loved one. Learn new coping skills, get out for the day with others in a similar situation as you and meet new people.
During the booking in process provisions can be made to cater for women only groups.
Times can be modified to suite weather conditions and individuals needs.
Closed in sturdy shoes, sun hat, weather appropriate clothing must be worn.