Stable Hearts programmes incorporate mounted (in the saddle) and unmounted activity with horses for personal development (growth and learning). It is a collaborative effort between a registered counsellor/therapist and a horse professional who ensure the safety of clients and horses. Participants learn about themselves through exercises designed to meet set treatment goals. Sessions include processing (or discussing) events, feelings, related physical responses, and behavior patterns. Worldwide, there are three primary modalities used in Equine Assisted Growth and Learning.
1. Equine Facilitated Counselling
Activities encourage emotional growth and learning for individuals, couples and families in a group or individually. Stable Hearts believe clients heal themselves in relationship with our equine co-facilitators by identifying unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behaviours (patterns), increasing the capacity to regulate emotions and developing new ways of relating. Activities address problems such as Grief and Loss, Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Addiction and Post Traumatic Stress.
2. Equine Facilitated Growth and Learning
The goal is to provide a developmental environment for individuals or groups. Our human/equine team facilitate activities. Exercises develop leadership skills, improve team dynamics, fine tune communication skills, create awareness of personal patterns and enhance relationships, lateral thinking and creative problem solving.
Kathleen Barry Ingram is widely considered a world leader in Equine Facilitated Therapy and Learning Practices. Many of our policies and practices parallel those Kathleen (and her colleagues) have researched and delivered over many years. Below you can watch a 10 minute interview.