Using solution-focused therapy, relational therapy and a person-centred approach we aim to reach a range of psychosocial treatment goals, such as:
- Improving social skills
- Improving memory and concentration
- Improving co-operation
- Reducing anti-social and challenging behaviour
- Improving trust
- Taking responsibility for yourself and others
- Creating an outward focus
- increased independence and confidence
AAT is described as ‘goal-directed’ meaning there is a specific objective in mind, a specific end result or ‘end goal’. These objectives can range from mental, social, physical, emotional or educational. Providing and discussing goals and objectives can empower clients, help them achieve focus and feel like they have a level of control over their own objectives and lives.
“Many people love horses with a common childhood dream of many being to own their own pony. But the reality is often far less realistic and being able to regularly interact with horses is something not many people get the chance to be involved with”
Animal assisted therapy can help improve emotional well-being, mental health, relationships, education, employment and social support
AAT has also been effective in helping with issues such as vulnerability, stress, loss, low self-esteem or challenging circumstances. Having positive interactions with animals can help build strong bonds and create greater levels of nurturing, empathy and self-confidence. Animals can help people to problem solve effectively, seek social support and be better at expressing themselves emotionally. These in turn develop into fully formed coping mechanisms that can be helpful after traumatic events or experiences
Many people love horses with a common childhood dream of many being to own their own pony. But the reality is often far less realistic and being able to regularly interact with horses is something not many people get the chance to be involved with in everyday life. Participating in AAT, specifically Equine Assisted Therapy, highlights the importance of connections to the horses that was not possible in many client’s social worlds, the benefits of non-verbal interventions and how equine therapy can instil a sense of leadership and confidence in clients.
We also use other forms of therapy to compliment our AAT, such as:
- Solution-focused therapy – sometimes referred to as ‘brief therapy’ is a cooperative method that focuses on the present and the future, rather than the past. Solution-focused therapy allows all parties involved to be heard, this is particularly important when working with children and families. Instead of focussing on the limitations of the situation, problem-solving is put at the forefront of the conversations and and focuses on finding solutions.
- Relational Therapy – this concept is based on the idea that mutually satisfying relationships with other individuals are essential for maintaining healthy emotional well-being. An example of a relational technique used to achieve trust is Therapeutic Communication, which is made up of various techniques that prioritise the physical, emotional and mental well-being of clients. It is very different from typical social interaction and provides person centred care while respecting boundaries and empathy.