Big Brown Horse

Big Brown Horse

Alloway House
6 Alloway Place
South Ayrshire


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About us

Big Brown Horse

We are a therapy service with a difference..

Trained to PhD level in Clinical Psychology and integrating a range of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy approaches means we are in the unique position to offer the best of both worlds.....

Evidence based psychological therapy....enhanced by a horse!

Equine therapy and learning is used extensively worldwide, but is relatively new to the UK. Interacting with horses captivates and holds attention. This allows faster therapeutic progress.

What we provide…

  • Equine Enhanced Therapy and development services
  • Traditional office based counselling and psychotherapy
  • A corporate leadership and staff development service to businesses and organisations

We are different from other equine therapy providers. Here are the reasons why….

  • We are an HCPC registered, Chartered Clinical Psychology and Counseling Service
  • We integrate a range of evidence based therapies creating a service that is uniquely tailored to each client
  • Horses can make therapy less threatening and more effective than talking based therapy alone
  • We provide assessment prior to any therapy to allow us to decide which approach is most appropriate
  • We can provide our range of services at various locations throughout Scotland

Why these unique features are important….

  • You are reassured that we provide professionally regulated interventions
  • Our therapy approaches have a scientific evidence base
  • Clients can mix office based and Equine Enhanced sessions according to clinical need
  • Clients learn faster by doing as well as talking
  • Our service is more accessible as we can travel to you

We do NOT offer…

  • Spiritual healing or any non scientifically evidenced based therapy approaches
  • Horse riding
  • Horse whispering or any psychic activities
  • A single therapy model or approach focusing exclusively on horses

                                                Please see our website for more information

Training, qualifications & experience

Our Consultants

  • Dr Marie Holmes is a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist, registered with the HCPC.
  • Hannah Turrell is an Equine Assisted Psychotherapist and Researcher.
  • Both bring extensive lifelong equestrian experience to Big Brown Horse.
  • They are fully professionally insured to integrate horses into a psychotherapy intervention.

All therapy work will be carried out with Hannah and Marie

Member organisations *

Registered / Accredited

* We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Other areas of counselling we deal with

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Corporate leadership
Employee wellbeing


Office based and Equine Enhanced sessions available....

Prices from £50 - £120 per hour

Please enquire for further details

Further information

We have a range of therapy offices and equestrian venues in Ayrshire, Glasgow and Stirling.

Please contact us if you are out with these areas as we are able to travel to various locations in Scotland.

Maps & Directions

Ayr, KA7 2AA

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Day evening and weekend sessions available

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme