Yew Tree Farm, Chantry, Somerset. UK  

Track clinic Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for adults and children

“When you interact with a horse, who is free to respond naturally, you uncover what’s going on in your subconscious. Horses have an instinctive ability to mirror your emotional energy and body language, responding in the moment to subtle changes in the body-mind states” – Nina Leijerstam, Founder of Track Clinic

From £250.00

Overview

Track Clinic offers Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for adults and children.

An evidence-based therapy used in the treatment of anxiety related disorders, trauma and relationship breakdown.

No riding takes place and no experience or interest in horses is required.

Sessions can be booked as individuals, couples or family groups.

“When you interact with a horse, who is free to respond naturally, you uncover what’s going on in your subconscious. Horses have an instinctive ability to mirror your emotional energy and body language, responding in the moment to subtle changes in the body-mind states.
With the guidance of experienced facilitators the clients can bypasses the analytical mind and challenge the mind blocks that are stifling recovery. It is from this deep insight that new behaviours and long term coping strategies emerge.
Unlike traditional talk therapy this experiential therapy requires the full (and non-verbal) engagement of body and mind  – a space where old stories and expectations are no longer served and where our innermost workings are revealed.” – Nina Thomson, Founder of Track Clinic

EAGALA has also been widely accepted as a invaluable treatment in the psychological health of children with ADD, young offenders, service members, veterans and their families worldwide. Published studies contributing to the evidence base of the EAGALA Model exist in the fields of adolescent mental health, chronic psychiatric inpatients, victims of sexual & domestic abuse and trauma patients.

There is evidence to suggest that this kind of experiential learning intervention requires less sessions than traditional  talk based therapies.

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” I attended an equine assisted therapy session in 2018 with Nina and Shirley, and I can highly recommend anyone to try this form of therapy. I didn’t come to Nina with a specific need, more out of curiosity – but I very quickly realised that it did bring up a lot to the surface that I would like to work on. The grounds are lovely, and the horses very friendly. We were only 3 people that day, and I felt very safe to share my thoughts and experience. It was a very positive experience, and I have never tried animal therapy before, but will recommend this very highly to anyone looking for a very effective alternative to speech therapy ” – Christina Poulsen, Founder of Kalitara

“I’d been in talk therapy for 2 years and felt like I was really stuck. I got the breakthrough I’d been longing for after just 3 sessions and would gladly recommend it” 

– Client with acute depression

Highlights

Our horses

Chosen for their innate willingness to partner up with people, our horses have kind, curious natures unhampered by human imposed routine and conventional training. They have been met as individuals with a deep need to live naturally – in herds, in open spaces of varying terrain, free from confinement of stables – and have built relationships with humans based on respect not force. This gives them emotional stability and a heightened ability to read and react to the emotional energy of people.

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What happens in a session?

“You will be in an arena with two therapists and two – three horses that you can choose to interact with in whatever way feels natural, from which ever distance you choose. The therapists are trained to help you interpret and process what happens during the interaction. The horse will simply respond to how you are both in body and mind. If they sense emotional unrest or difficulty, they will mirror it. This all stems from their instinctive need for survival as a prey animal. If someone’s out of kilter, the safety of the entire herd is at stake.  This means horses are incredibly sensitive to the subtle, energetic forces of others. The interaction with the horses shows the therapists what the barriers to recovery are which in turn helps the client draws out new ways of thinking and behaving in relation to the problem, without judgement or expectation.” – Nina Leijerstam, Founder of Track Clinic

Each consultation takes approximately 2.5 hours and consists of a planning session between therapists, a pre-session briefing (10 mins), a contact session with the horses (50 mins), a post session analysis between therapists.

 

Location

Yew Tree Farm, Chantry, Somerset. UK

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Instructors

Nina Thomson

www.trackclinic.co.uk

I have life long experience of horses- rehabilitating and caring for them in natural, non evasive ways - out of stables, in herds, with space to play and feel well. Before founding Track Clinic I worked as a Communications Consultant helping ethical businesses establish and grow their offerings

Dr Shirley Gracias

Psychiatrist

Shirley has over 25 years experience as a Consultant in NHS and private practice. She combines conventional and experiential therapies working with families, adolescents and anxiety related disorders. Shirley is a certified EAGALA practitioner, the global standard in equine assisted psychotherapy.

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Consultation fees

Sessions can be booked as individuals, couples or family groups. 

Individual and paired sessions cost £250 per session.

Group and Family sessions cost £75-£100 per person.

All first consultations, whether individual or a family group, are charged at a flat rate of £250

No riding takes place and no experience or interest in horses is required. After the first consultation, we will suggest a block of weekly consultations according to your needs and our availability.

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