Thoughts and Soul Equine and Nature Facilitated Psychotherapy

Thoughts and Soul Equine and Nature Facilitated Psychotherapy

Haldon Forest

Conquest Centre
Conquest Farm
Norton Fitzwarren

Michaela 07825787880 Kate 07470369948 / 07825787880/07470369948

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About us

Thoughts and Soul is a nature and equine facilitated therapy and counselling service based in Taunton, Somerset and Exeter, Devon.

Accredited therapists Michaela Slade and Kate Holloway both qualified with LEAP Equine Facilitated Therapy as practitioners and have also done extensive nature therapy training with Sweet Track Counselling Centre.

Thoughts and Soul offer an alternative way of working, a way that embraces the wider picture and the whole experience. The space of outdoor therapy allows a much more fluid form of therapy, it has movement and energy but is less intensive and has a high impact.

Room based therapy isn't for everyone and can feel quite intimidating, particularly for clients with OCD or anxiety, being outside can feel more comfortable for clients and can also provide a source of tools and ideas to work with and bring into the session.

Horses are incredibly sensitive animals, they have evolved this way to protect themselves from potential predators. Horses are sentient beings with a keen ability to sense the energy of our feelings, horses don't just reflect or mirror our feelings, they respond, sometimes to help you to calm or recognise the emotional energy you are holding within.

The equine therapy does not involve any riding and no horse experience is necessary to benefit from a trusting and meaningful relationship with the horse.

The work involves gentle groundwork exercises and techniques to facilitate connection and a reflective space within which you can process difficulties, thoughts and feelings

The equine and nature therapy can be offered individually or combined, there is also opportunity to work with the horses and nature to develop spiritually.

We are able to work with individuals, adults, children and groups. We offer personal development and team building sessions, couples therapy and family therapy.

Room based counselling is also available.

We work mostly with anxiety, social anxiety, GAD, Depression, young people, autism and aspergers, couples and families and team building.

We also hold peer support groups for therapists

Training, qualifications & experience

Michaela Slade:

Advanced Diploma in counselling and Psychotherapy

Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work

LEAP practitioner

Reiki Practitioner

Mindfulness MBSR programme

Eco-psychology and rewilding training

Currently studying Level 5 Counselling with Spirituality

Kate Holloway:

Level 5 Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Bsc.hons Psychology

LEAP practitioner

Eco-psychology and rewilding training

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Other areas of counselling we deal with

personal development

spiritual development

self awareness

family therapy

supported outdoor learning


£60 per 1 hour session for equine and therapy

£50 per 1 hour session for counselling and nature therapy

Group bookings receive a discount

Couples therapy and family therapy are tailored to individual needs

Further information

Maps & Directions

Exeter, EX6
Taunton, TA2 6PN

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Mon to Saturday 9.30am to 16.30pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme