Therapeutic Services

We provide a range of therapeutic services tailor made to each individual. Following an initial assessment, goals and aspirations are established in conjunction with the client to achieve a completely person centred programme. An individual programme can include a variety of meaningful activities on the farm from care of the animals, gardening, conservation, wood work or just being in a relaxing environment and allowing nature to do the hard work. Our specialised programmes are very effective with clients requiring a higher level of support or have very complex physical or mental health needs.

 

Therapeutic Farm Day

This course aims to provide individuals (no upper or lower age limit) with a supportive environment in which they can develop as a person at a pace that suits them and in a way that is meaningful to their lives. Our trained staff use the everyday running of the farm as a way of enabling individuals to develop key skills that will benefit them in all aspects of daily living. This could be anything from learning how to cope in a social situation to improving their ability to follow and understand instructions in a working environment. We aim to provide a very person centred service where individuals feel safe and respected. Opportunities exist where appropriate for individuals to gain some accreditation through ‘Gateway Qualifications’, this is entirely optional.

What will you be doing? 

Working with the livestock; Helping with the woodland management; Site and garden maintenance.

What can it lead on to?

For some it could offer a way into volunteering / further work experience within their local community. It could perhaps be a stepping stone for some onto further learning or to build confidence in their own educational setting. It can also help individuals gain skills to participate in other outside opportunities and activities. 

 

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is a collaborative effort between a mental health professional and an equine professional working with clients and horses to address treatment goals. Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) works in a similar way, with a focus on personal, professional or organisational development goals.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning:

  • Is challenging and non threatening
  • Rapidly breaks down unhelpful defences
  • Provides immediate cause and effect situations
  • Captivates and holds attention
  • Promotes change from dysfunctional patterns to successful ones

We offer EAP and EAL to individuals, couples and groups who want to make significant and lasting changes in their lives. Sessions are facilitated by our team of EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) qualified equine and mental health professionals and our herd of horses. No experience of horses is necessary and no riding is involved.

For more information on Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning please contact Ellie Goff. Telephone: 01206 735453 or Email: ellie@wellieson.com

 

The short video below explains more about the EAGALA model.

Source credit © Darcie Kelly, LCSW, MBA at Fresh Steps EAP in Helena, MT Website