Welcome to #WellbeingWednesday.
This week welcomes one of the most prestigious horse racing events of the year with Royal Ascot. While I haven’t had much direct contact with horses, I’ve always admired them from afar. They are such powerful, graceful and mysterious creatures.
I was talking to a friend of mine (today we’ll call her Julia) the other day, who opened up to me about her recent encounters with horses, in the form of equine therapy.
Here for #WellbeingWednesday, Julia very candidly talks about why this therapy is more and more recognised by growing numbers of therapists working with young people with behavioural problems, adults with depression or celebrities with addictions…
As someone who has never felt the need to see a psychologist, or been particularly fond of horses, I found myself in an extraordinary position of experiencing EAP (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy) first-hand after realising I needed some emotional support. And what a journey it’s been. So here are my 5 benefits and reasons why someone should consider trying Equine Therapy.
- EAP is experiential and hands-on! It’s just so different and you get close to an amazing animal.
- The activities help you process experiences, thoughts, behaviours and patterns with your therapist. The horse is a mirror to your body language – it’s truly amazing.
- The overwhelming size and power of a horse is scary! But overcoming the fear is empowering and rewarding.
- You learn about yourself and how to express your emotions, feelings and needs more congruently. You get so caught up in the activities that you forget any emotional barriers or walls you’ve built up.
- It helps you grow as a person through learning about yourself. It has been one of the best things I’ve ever done!
Thank you so much Julia for sharing your experience for today’s #WellbeingWednesday. It’s a privilege to see and hear first-hand how powerful this therapy can be, bringing a whole new meaning to the term horse power.
More information about Equine Assisted Psychotherapy can be found here.
By Sarah Mayo