ARK at Egwood Equine and Nature Facilitated Psychotherapy
ARK at Egwood is a therapeutic, land based services organisation set in the beautiful Somerset countryside near Crewkerne and Ilminster.
The therapeutic team at Ark are able to offer a vast range of therapeutic landbased activities which include Equine and Nature Facilitated Psychotherapy.
Accredited therapist Michaela Slade has qualified with LEAP Equine Facilitated Therapy as a practitioner and has also done extensive nature therapy training with Sweet Track Counselling Centre.
ARK equine therapy offers 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
Please contact Michaela Slade MNCS adv.dipcp , Director of therapeutic services using the contact details above.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in counselling and Psychotherapy
Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work
Mindfulness MBSR programme
Eco-psychology and rewilding training
Currently studying Level 5 Counselling with Spirituality
Member organisations *
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling we deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling we deal with
supported outdoor learning
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Equine therapy
£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
- Also registered with Counselling Directory
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Various appointment times available excluding weekends.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|