Individual Sessions are usually of 50 minutes duration,group sessions can be longer. We can see adults or children individually or as families or small groups of people.
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We are located at the Samford RDA on the beautiful Samford Showground, just 35 minutes north-west of Brisbane CBD. Some sessions take place at an idyllic private property in the Samford area.
Showground Drive (located within the gates of the Samford Showground)
Samford/ Highvale 4520
Please see: Samfordrda.com.au
The gate to the showground is always shut, but not locked. Please shut the gate behind you.
The RDA has a full sized covered sandy arena. Therefore we are out of the weather.
Usually the equine therapy session starts with the person connecting with each horse, that means they approach each horse and stand as close to the horse as they are comfortable, one horse at a time. Then we may deepen that connection by grooming, not to get the horses clean, but to raise people'sawareness of the horse's experience. Which brush did the horse like best? Where did the horse like being brushed most?
Horses are masters of mindfulness, as they naturally live in the here and now. They can help people to achieve mindfulness too. This can be very relaxing for both the horse and the human. We may move on to a problem solving exercise, such as moving one or all horses to a certain point in the arena. The benefit comes through the process rather than through reaching the goal. We frequently use therapeutic metaphors, which can assist the person in transfering the experiences in the arena to real life situations.
The Psychotherapy is lead by Dr Anja Kriegeskotten, a psychiatrist for children, adolescents and adults with a special interest in trauma. Mental Health therapists also include Marian Cartwright. We are certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), an International organisation with over 500 treatment programs world wide. Rachel Geary (provisional psychologist) is trained with the Equine Psychotherapy Institute. We adhere to their code of ethics, as well as to requirements to practice Psychiatry in Australia, including the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Our Equine Specialists are Mandy Shapland and Kath Evans, who have extensive experience in horse behaviour and horse-human interactions.
In the EAGALA Model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, we believe that each person has the best solution for themselves and we help the person find their own solution. www.EAGALA
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