BOND: The relationship between human and horse is one that builds character, trust, loyalty and responsibility. Photo: contributed
BOND: The relationship between human and horse is one that builds character, trust, loyalty and responsibility. Photo: contributed

The magic of healing horse power, here in the Clarence

WE all go through tough times. Times when we need someone to talk to or help from a professional.

Mainstream counselling and therapy is not for everyone but there is an alternative. New to the Clarence Valley is Clarence Valley Equine Assisted learning Centre.

Most of us are aware of the positive effects that come from interactions with animals. Equine assisted learning involves a process relying less on verbal interactions and more on engaging a person's awareness and emotional regulation. Modelling safe, respectful, mindful interactions with horses can help participants feel safe, connected and able to build relationships. Benefits from the sessions may include improved self-esteem, behaviour and social/emotional regulation.

The horses at Clarence Valley Equine Assisted Learning Centre come from a range of backgrounds and have their own needs, quirks and temperaments. Participants are encouraged to work alongside the horse to learn about themselves, their environment and how they relate with others.

Many people, especially children, struggle to understand or talk about issues in their lives that impact their relationship with themselves and others. Working alongside horses allows the opportunity to explore different experiences in relationship, building self-awareness, awareness of patterns or habits that may not serve the participant well in their lives, and address self-development or life skills goals.

For some, the opportunity presented by the horses is to learn how to react positively to life situations, and understanding doing this can be life-changing. To make choices with awareness is to have true responsibility for one's own behaviour.

Equine Assisted Learning offers acceptance for our feelings and thoughts, and understanding that you are not defined by these, and by welcoming these feelings and thoughts rather than fighting or rejecting them, creates kindness and tolerance of our self, as well as of others.

If you need help reach out to Beth at Clarence Valley Equine Assisted Learning Centre. Beth has a Bachelor of Social Science, Masters of Social Work, Equine Psychotherapy Institute accredited and is an experienced counsellor and Equine Assisted Learning Practitioner in mindfulness and anxiety management.

There are one-on-one or small group sessions available and team and leadership development in a fun, creative learning space.

It is for ages 5 years and up and is set in beautiful rural environment 24km nth of Grafton.

No horse experience is required to participate in the Equine Assisted Learning sessions.

For more information, phone 0427 042 849 or email: elr@nsw.chariot.net.au.



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