Heads & Tails Equine Assisted Clinical Psychology is an integrative process which draws upon the literature and clinical practices that are unique to the presenting complaint. Established modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and other Emotional Release strategies are combined with the animal assisted process. Thus, equine therapy engages clients with horses in a clinical and therapeutic framework.
We acknowledge and appreciate the power of horses and their ability to help us tap into our feelings, behaviours and capabilities. As herd animals that have worked in partnership with humans for thousands of years, horses are responsive to human emotion and actions. They respond to what we do and how we feel. They are honest and non-judgmental. They know if you mean what you say, and as such, challenge people to be authentic. These attributes give important feedback to the treatment team when observing the horse interact with the client and vice versa.
In inviting and challenging people to be respectful and authentic in relationship with them, horses provide immediate feedback to the client, and can create great metaphors for discussion or activities. This effectively assists clients to take responsibility for their emotions, decisions, actions and choices and make meaningful changes in session and in life.