Personalised and Subsidised Equine Therapy for Adults and Children in Leicestershire

What we offer:

We provide an effective, interactive and innovative mental health support and personal development format that actively engages horses in the work of human development and healing. We teach personal empowerment, self-compassion, authentic communication, community building, mindfulness and overcoming psychological challenges. With expertise in the effects of trauma, neglect and abuse, PTSD, mood disorders, grief and mental health, our therapeutic programs are unique, powerful and tailored to your needs. Often, we can provide routes to healing where traditional treatment pathways have failed.

Subsidised Mental Health Support

Our grant subsidised schemes can be access free at the point of use.

Virtual Sessions

COVID-19 and the resulting lockdown are having an enormous toll on people’s mental health. Children and adults are both vulnerable to the traumatic effects of the COVID-19 crisis and the stresses of the lock down.  If you need support during this difficult time, we can help.

With support from Leicestershire Communities Fund, we have been able to move our therapy and mental health support to an online/distance format. Through online interaction we can continue to offer vital emotional and mental health support, minimising the negative effects of the pandemic on mental health.

We are offering two types of support: one to one support sessions and group support.

To enquire about our one-to-one and group mental health and virtual sessions please contact:

Also please see our Horse Warriors FB group.

Project Pony

A long-term relation-building programme with an animal, sharing your journey with them.

The Project Pony programme allows individuals to come and work alongside a horse over a minimum term of three months. This provides them with time and guidance to develop, transform and heal. The longer, the better. The sessions teach individuals about being present in each moment, analysing sensory experiences, emotional agility and understanding horse body language which provides a reflection of their own emotional state.

Over time, the healing process allows individuals to completely free themselves from feelings of self-doubt, fear and anger, letting them to move forward into a happier, more productive life. We offer the person strategies to manage their anxiety, anger and understand emotions and fear.  Without these skills, we can become lost, depressed and even suicidal.

To be put on the waiting list for a Project Pony place please contact:

Personal and Private Sessions

Therapy sessions

Struggling with your mental wellbeing or not experiencing progress through traditional cognitive-behaviour therapies and counselling services? We can offer private Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) sessions specifically tailored to your needs and designed to guide you to a place of self-awareness and psychological healing, that will facilitate long-term resilience and wellbeing. We have specific expertise in improving mood-disorders, PTSD, grief processing and overcoming the psychological legacy of trauma, neglect and abuse.  

Sessions can be booked in blocks of 6 for £250 (usually £50 per session). Sessions are usually an hour long.

Parent and family sessions

Being a parent is challenging and families of every configuration sometimes need a bit of extra support and guidance to build a contented, calm and supportive home life that prioritises mental wellbeing. Our family sessions are tailored to your family’s needs and will help you to achieve the family bond and home environment you desire.  

Sessions can be booked in blocks of 4 for £175 (usually £50 per session). Sessions are usually an hour long.

Adult Personal Development Courses

Below are our adult mental health support courses. Each one runs as a one or two-day workshop designed to teach specific psychological skills and is facilitated by a professional EFL practitioner and our herd of therapy horses. Bespoke courses are also available upon request.

To enquire or book a course, please contact:

Managing Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are incredibly common and often occur together. Managing the symptoms of either condition can be challenging, but can be made easier with training in the psychological skills to be self-aware, emotionally agile, cognitively mindful and resilient. Horses help facilitate this training by authentically responding to our emotional state and resulting body language.

What you will learn:

 
  • Emotional self-awareness
  • Emotional agility
  • Recognising and coping with stressors and setting effective boundaries
  • How to manage intrusive and negative thoughts
  • How to develop resilience

Stress Management and Resilience Training

Resilience is the ability to cope with a crisis or setback and bounce back to pre-crisis status quickly, thereby protecting yourself from the potential negative effects of stressors. By managing stress and developing resilience, we can learn to minimise the effect of stressful events on our mental and physical wellbeing.

Our one-day course is designed to provide you with the psychological skills to be resilient in the face of stress and to turn a crisis into a challenge or even an opportunity.

What you will learn:

 
  • How to identify stress through self-awareness and manage it effectively before it becomes unbearable
  • Recognising and coping with stressors and setting boundaries
  • Building individual resilience through emotion regulation, constructing an internal locus of control, manifesting healthy self-esteem and thought patterns, and cognitive restructuring/reframing

Healing from Trauma

Trauma created through abuse, neglect, grief or catastrophic events can have long lasting emotional and psychological effects. We have significant experience helping people recover from their past traumas and move forward in a positive way. With help from our therapy horses, our trauma course teaches key universal skills that can aid the healing of trauma in the mind and body.

This course focuses on:

 
  • Creating a mindful emotional awareness
  • How to be emotionally agile and manage unwanted emotions
  • Generating resilience to triggers and stressors
  • How to combat intrusive, unwanted and negative thoughts
  • How to set boundaries with others

Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Agility training

Emotional intelligence is the capacity to recognise and manage both your own emotions and those of others. Emotionally intelligent people know, not only what they are feeling, but also what their emotions mean and how they affect other people’s emotions, behaviour and decision-making processes. Learning to be emotionally intelligent with good emotional agility can greatly improve your relationships, social comfort and career.

Horses can facilitate training in emotional intelligence as they can spot body language signals that are incongruent with the desired communication. Signals that humans often only process subconsciously, but that strongly influence conscious decision making.

What you will learn:

 
  • Emotional awareness
  • Emotional agility within your mindful awareness of your emotions so that you can use them positively and flexibly as required
  • How to read and be responsive to other’s emotions whilst setting appropriate boundaries
  • The ability to use an awareness of your emotions and others’ emotions to manage interactions successfully and create your desired outcomes

Children’s Services

We have worked with children from a wide spectrum of backgrounds, including individuals with diagnosed learning disabilities, mental health conditions and/or a history of trauma, abuse or bullying. The results have been consistently positive and, often, life changing.

Our clients report that the sessions taught them more about themselves than they could ever imagine. They also facilitate stronger, more positive relationships within the school environment, as well as at home.

The Resilience Programme

Teaching children the psychological skills they need to be resilient and manage stressors in an ever more stressful world.  Resilience is the ability to cope with a crisis or setback and bounce back to pre-crisis status quickly, thereby protecting yourself from the potential negative effects of stressors.

Our two-day course is designed to provide your children with the psychological skills they need to be resilient in the face of stress and to turn a crisis into a challenge to overcome or even an opportunity.

The ‘I Can Do’ Programme

Having good self-esteem and confidence are crucial for personal and profession progression in adulthood. Instilling and improving the psychological skills for sustaining confidence and self-esteem in children can help provide them with the tools they will need to attain their goals, whatever they may be, in the future, as well as helping maintain mental wellbeing.

Our confidence course is run over two-days, providing a comprehensive psychological learning experience.

Positive Parenting

This course can be booked by parents or guardians of children with ADHD and Autism or children who have experienced mental health issues or trauma. Based on the Horse Boy methods of Rupert Isaacson’s trainers from Texas and the Epona work of Linda Kohanov in the USA, this course will teach:

  • How to manage anxiety and stress
  • How to help the process of healing trauma
  • Emotional intelligence and emotional agility
  • Understanding how to manage your child’s behaviours and patterns

The courses are typically run on a Saturday morning.

Continued Professional Development Courses

The Way of the Horse Discovery Centre’s professional development training is unique, transformative, produces long term learning and is thoroughly enlightening. Our courses can be tailored to your staff’s requirements.

Why equine learning? Equine learning is scientifically evidenced to benefit people. Horses live in the present, are expert readers of body language, are authentically reflective of emotional states and show great capacity for tolerance and peaceful social interaction; they reflect and reveal our psychological states. Animal interaction also reduces stress.

All our courses can be run in long-form (two days) or short-form (one day) to suit your needs and budget.

For more information on our professional development see below or contact:

The Keys to success:

Wisdom of the Herd: Leadership and Team Building

To be a good leader is more difficult and more important than most people think. We provide training in authentic leadership incorporating the six roles of leadership in building and maintaining your team.

What you will learn:

  • How to increase motivation, self-esteem and confidence
  • How to develop a resilient team through stress management
  • To improve mental health in the workplace
  • How to be an inspiring and intuitive leader and communicator
  • Team development through leadership
  • How to be emotional intelligent and build authentic relationships

Stress Management and Resilience Training

15.4 million workdays were lost to stress, depression or anxiety in 2017/18. 57% of all working days lost to ill health were due to stress and anxiety. This costs businesses £33.4 - £43.0 billion per year. The Way of the Horse’s Stress Management and Resilience Training course will give you the techniques you need to identify stress and manage stressors in the work environment.

What you will learn:

  • How to identify stress through self-awareness and manage it effectively before it becomes unbearable
  • Recognising and coping with stressors in the workplace and setting boundaries
  • Building individual resilience through emotion regulation, constructing an internal locus of control, manifesting healthy self-esteem and thought patterns, and cognitive restructuring/reframing
  • Development of team resilience by improving cohesion, managing setbacks and being a resilience enhancing leader

Relationship Building through Emotional Intelligence and Awareness

Emotional intelligence is the capacity to recognise and manage both your own emotions and those of the others. Emotionally intelligent people know, not only what they are feeling, but also what their emotions mean and how they affect other people’s emotions, behaviour and decision-making processes.

Learning to be emotionally intelligent with good emotional agility can greatly improve your leadership, management, teamwork, lead generation/conversion and sales. Horses can facilitate training in emotional intelligence as they can spot body language signals which are incongruent with the desired communication. Signals that humans often only process subconsciously, but that strongly influence conscious decision making. Training in emotional intelligence can significantly enhance all social aspects of your career.

What you will learn:

  • Emotional awareness
  • Emotional agility within your mindful awareness of your emotions so that you can use them positively and flexibly as required
  • How to read be responsive to other’s emotions whilst setting appropriate boundaries
  • The ability to use an awareness of your emotions and others’ emotions to manage interactions successfully and create your desired outcomes

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