STABLE CHANGE - EQUINE THERAPY - SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS
We all need a leg up from time to time
Based in beautiful Exeter in the Southern Highlands, we offer a natural, healing and non-judgemental environment to explore new ways to navigate life's obstacles. Together with our gorgeous horses we provide the space to talk through challenges and to get professional help and support to achieve your goals and move towards living your best life.
At Stable Change we don't just talk. With our equine friends you can also directly experience and explore new approaches to overcoming obstacles. We offer both equine assisted psychotherapy and equine assisted learning.
Equine Assisted Therapy & Equine Assisted Learning
Equine Assisted Therapy is a professional, innovative and experiential approach to counselling and psychotherapy offered by registered counsellors and psychotherapists that supports clients in addressing therapeutic goals with the horses as assistants and teachers in the process.
Equine Assisted Learning is a unique approach to experiential learning, where clients are offered safe experiences with horses in order to develop personal, social, emotional or relationship skills, enhance their quality of life or develop professional skills (e.g. leadership and team building).
At Stable Change we offer both approaches and we will discuss with each client what their personal learning / therapy goals may be.
Being with horses encourages you to stay present. As prey animals, horses have evolved to be extremely aware of their environment. They respond to our body language and other non-verbal cues with immediate authenticity and give us valuable insight and feedback about how we are, how we present ourselves and how we relate to others. They are highly sensitive and walk with us without judgement. They allow us to experience and try out new ways of being, encouraging us to shed behaviours which no longer serve us well.
You can’t control a horse, it is too big and and too powerful. We have to find ways to work together. Approaching a horse allows us to reflect on how we approach our relationships and how we face obstacles in our lives. Learning to use your clear boundaries and mental focus to direct a large powerful horse, may increase your confidence, clarity of purpose and a sense of personal power.
Horses are herd animals who live in complex social environments and are in constant communication with each other. They seek leaders and encourage us to develop qualities such as calmness, awareness, confidence, compassion, acceptance and connection.