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“All I need to know, I learned from my horse …” Explore how and why to draw on the human animal bond to create psychoeducation opportunities, both within an animal assisted therapy program and at home.
We share much in common with horses and other mammals – including many of our emotions. Read how these similarities – as well as the ways we differ – can be drawn upon to both enhance the effectiveness of counselling and wellness approaches, and to explain why so many of us find it healing to simply have animals in our life.
Many of us have good reason NOT to seek help; to say “I’m fine’ when we’re not. We may have experienced relationships and the helping professions as unsafe. But we can’t even begin to seek and receive, or provide, help or support unless something provides the motivation and safety needed to show up – both physically and emotionally – and trust someone, despite all the reasons not to. This article explores how and why horses are often that ‘something’.
The benefits to humans of being with and around animals are well documented and supported by research. This article explores three key explanations for this: The Biophilia Hypothesis, the Social Lubricant Effect, and the Person Centred Conditions of Congruence, Unconditional Positive Regard and Empathy.
Why are so many of us drawn towards working, healing or simply just ‘being’ with these magnificent animals? This post introduces a newly updated series within which we will aim to shed light on that age old question: Why Horses?
Our border collie has strong instincts to chase horses – which gets her in to trouble and creates frustration. Finding insight based solutions to help Maggie express her emotions safely provides parallels and learnings to other contexts – including parenting and self expression.
Alarm – or fear – is an emotion experienced by all mammals, including us. It is not an enemy or nuisance factor to be eliminated; it is there to keep us safe. By watching how animals respond when alarmed can we humans find our way back to a healthier response?
A common area of confusion for certification requirements is what hours are needed and where various hours of experience and training are recognised. This article aims to clarify some key questions in this area.
After the storm clouds clear a beautiful light may emerge. What will you choose to do with the light that follows the storms that are happening in your life right now?
Through a number of case studies we explore what horses have to teach us about being safe to talk to and how to build this into our parenting and other relationships