Equine Enlightenment offer alternative forms of therapy to the usual room based ‘talking therapies’ which not everyone gets on with. Not only does it offer an alternative solution for clients who find it hard to open up or trust, it is also a powerful, safe way of helping clients who have experienced trauma.
Talking therapies are classed as a form of ‘top-down’ processing, relying solely on cognitive processes. When we experience high levels of stress and trauma, part of our brain called Broca’s area responsible for accessing verbal memories shuts down. Therefore it is imperative that we are able to access ‘bottom-up’ processing through body work, which is supported by the following psychotherapies:
Nature, Equine, Canine and Body psychotherapy are powerful, yet gentle ways of working with a qualified practitioner at your pace.
Philippa and her team are specifically trained in a number of psychotherapeutic modalities, allowing them to work in a bespoke way, tailoring the therapy to the individual. All practitioners are qualified and registered with specific mental health training. Some of the areas we can help with are:
- Eating Disorders
- Autism including PDA
- Attachment disorders
- Sexual/ violent/ emotional trauma
- Emotion dysregulation
- Anxiety & Depression
- PTSD/ Complex Trauma
- Relationship issues
- Family conflict
- Boundary issues
- Self esteem
- Psychosomatic conditions
- Pain Management
- M.E & Chronic Fatigue
Philippa is a published author within the equine facilitated psychotherapy field, illustrating her experience and expertise within this area. A recent article on Equine Therapy published by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Association can be found here:
Along with animal and nature assisted Psychotherapy, we also offer psychological therapy and counselling in a relaxed country setting. Clinical supervision is also available for practitioners and those in training.
Training, qualifications & experience
Our senior therapeutic team have 32 years of therapeutic and equine specific experience combined. With a combination of British Psychological Society and British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy training and qualifications, Philippa and her team have strong scientific and therapeutic backgrounds.
Each team member has specialist areas including: Trauma in Young People and Adults, Addiction & Eating Disorders, Family Relations, Anger, Self-Harm, Depression & Anxiety, and more. The team actively seek to continue professional development, and attend conferences and training regularly, to ensure they are working at the highest possible standards. They are also fully insured to carry out therapeutic and supervisory work and follow ethical guidelines outlined by the BACP and BPS.
Member organisations *
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Clinical supervision
Before engaging in therapy with us, we invite you to attend an initial consultation appointment. This enables us to carry out a thorough assessment and establish your needs and goals. It ensures we are the right people to be able to offer you help, and offers you insight into how we work and whether you feel we’re right for you.