Lavinia Lubbock, BACP senior accredited practitioner
I have been working together with my colleague Martha Lindsell since 2013 offering psychotherapy using horses.
Why therapy with horses?
People are social animals and we communicate primarily with words. However, sometimes we find experiences and feelings difficult or impossible to put into words. We also express a great deal with our bodies.
Horses are also social animals but they are prey animals whose safety depends on successful signal communication with each other. They are primed to 'read' our signal communication and to respond.
We find that the links between the experience of being with the horses and other elements of clients' lives are surprisingly powerful.
So what do we do?
We begin our sessions with the horses (currently a herd of 6). Martha is the 'horse specialist' and she leads this part of the session and is responsible for safety throughout. Client options include: standing with the horses and doing nothing - horses love doing nothing whereas we humans often need help with this; grooming - a lovely way to connect with a horse; take one or two for a walk in the woods; use the arena to discover what it feels like to communicate and negotiate with a horse - learning to stand our ground with a fast animal weighing 500kg can have quite an impact on how we think about ourselves.
In the second part of the session the client and I have a chance to explore this experience and its associations to the issues and pressures that have brought someone into therapy. Where clients find it too overwhelming to be inside one-to-one we stay outside and talk while grooming a horse.
Training, qualifications & experience
Martha is a qualified British Horse Society assistant instructor and has trained in Australian Natural Horsemanship with Ken Faulkner. She has an MA in applied drama in the prison and probation services. Separate from the therapy work she is a coach and trainer for people looking for a better relationship with their horse.
I am a psychodynamically trained (through WPF North) BACP senior accredited practitioner. Through the Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy I have completed Infant and Young Child Observations and courses on Personality Development , Working Psychodynamically with Adolescents and the Systems and Psychodynamics of Work and Organisations. I hold an MBA from Bradford University. I have previously worked in several organisations as a therapist with adults and young adults and held management roles in the last 3 of these.
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Areas of counselling I deal with
60 minute session £60
90 minute session £90
We offer a free 30-minute introduction in which to meet us and the horses.
Please note there is no riding involved and you do not need any prior experience of horses.
At least half of each session is outside. We work in a peaceful, beautiful corner of the countryside. This in itself is also therapeutic. However, you do need your own transport to get to us.