Equus Solutions - Equine Assisted Therapy & Learning
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Equus Solutions CIC delivers Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), an emerging field of psychotherapy which uses interaction with horses as part of a treatment to facilitate emotional growth and learning. The treatment method uses a team approach, encompassing a collaboration between the client and a skilled and qualified therapist, a horse professional and the horses. EAP is experiential in nature, and participants learn about themselves by taking part in activities with horses and then processing their feelings, behaviours and patterns. It is entirely ground-based with no ridden element.
Our services include:
- Therapy for individuals (from age 5), groups or family relationship sessions
- Programmes of therapeutic equine activities for those on the autistic spectrum or who have physical or learning disabilities
Equus Solutions CIC has current and recent experience of working with the following groups:
- Children, young people and adults with mental health issues
- Children, young people and adults with a range of earning disabilities (including autism)
- Women and families who have experienced domestic violence and abuse
- School and college students with behavioural issues, anxiety and lack of motivation
- Young people in care and post adoption
- Victims of crime
- Individuals and families suffering multiple areas of deprivation
- Safety of all (clients, therapy team & horses)
- Respect for all
- Emphasis on personal growth and learning attained through cooperation and negotiation with others and self-responsibility
Located in St Hilary, near Penzance in Cornwall, Equus Solutions’ current facilities include:
- A large stable barn
- 2 x equine activity arenas (1 indoor arena and 1 outdoor)
- A community area with forest garden
- Horticultural area
- Woodland walks and spring flower areas
- A sensory garden and wild flower meadows
- 2 x poly tunnels. 1 housing tropical butterflies and moths
- An orchard and ponds
- We have 23 horses and ponies for use in equine activities, all are well trained, handled, and used to working with children and young people
We have access to a nearby B&B with disabled access for families and/or groups who are disadvantaged. Equus Solutions has a 9 year track record of assisting an average of 420 people annually, at least 200 of whom have been people with disabilities/ disadvantages. With recent assistance from the Leader Programme and private match funding, our centre has undergone a huge expansion and now also offers:
- An indoor equine activities arena
- Office and reception
- An observation terrace
- Craft workshop
- Additional toilet, welfare and shower facilities
- Café and working kitchen
- An indoor classroom and meeting room
Through our work we receive feedback from individuals and organisations about how we are making a difference to people’s lives. Here is a sample of feedback received:
Deputy Headmaster’s comments on change experienced in boys, who were seen to have gained in confidence, built trust in others and were finding it easier to talk about their feelings. Improved behaviour in school had been noted with comments such as:
“able to listen more effectively”,
“has become an effective listener when involved in discussions”
“more able to work in a group situation”
“seems to belong to a wider group of friends”
“improved communication, reduced aggressive behaviour, more able to share his feelings and calm down”
Who to contact
Where to go
- Equus Solutions
- TR20 9DQ
Time / date details
- When is it on?
- Open 7 days a week
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £70.00 Per Session
- Individual sessions are £70 per person per hours session. If 6 sessions or more are booked the price is reduced to £65 per person per session.
Group sessions are £45 per person per hours session. If 6 sessions or more are booked the price is reduced to £40 per person.
Family sessions are £40 per person per hours session. If 6 sessions or more are booked the price is reduced to £35 per person.
- Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?
- Age ranges
- From 5 years to 25 years
- Referral required
- How we make our service inclusive
We have disabled access toilets, clear pathways and flat surfaces.
- Staff SEND experience
Our staff are trained in the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (Eagala) method. They are all qualified to the highest standards in their professional fields and have been working with SEND individuals for over a decade. Our team and their roles consist of:
Manager: Equine specialist in Therapy teams. Program and Project Control. - Volunteer management.
Stable Manager: Equine specialist in Therapy teams, Stable Manager, Control and active role in therapeutic riding activities for AS clients – Volunteer management.
Trainer: Equine lessons and Training – Equine Specialist in Therapy teams.
Therapist 1: Mental Health Social Worker, member of Therapy teams. Conducting Therapy and Therapeutic Sessions. Writing Session/Clinical notes, feedback and recording Client progress and Outcome information.
Therapist 2: Community Mental Health Nurse, member of Therapy teams. Duties same as above.
Our organisation already has experience working with children, young people and families with a variety of complex issues including victims of domestic abuse, children at risk of expulsion from school, relationship breakdowns, coping with mental health conditions and/or learning disabilities e.g. children on the autism spectrum and teenagers or adults that are not in education or work. Each family and individual is different, therefore we always have a flexible approach to our work and are able to change planned sessions as and when needed. A child/family may come in one day and we continue with our plan or they may have a completely different problem or agenda on that particular day so our staff and programs are able to adjust accordingly, therefore providing a client needs led, flexible approach whilst still working towards the desired goal.
- How our service supports providers / schools / colleges
With have links with local schools and often have pupils for therapy sessions and offer school activity days and group sessions.
The experiential nature of our interventions, are designed to allow and facilitate the individuals/families to find the best and right way forward for them under the protection of the therapy teams. We believe people should be empowered to enable them to heal and work through issues, allowing them to take control, grow and find their own answers eventually and so our team of qualified mental health and equine experts are always client focused and have a variety of tools to enable people who have become ‘stuck’ work through and come out of the other side, enabling them to help themselves and in turn their family. We have discussions and counselling with both individuals and whole families, review regularly and conclude at the end of the interventions. We also have the option of continued sessions for those that wish to, though volunteering and time banking to earn additional sessions. Some of our outcomes include individuals who have gone on to volunteer with us and then gain an apprenticeship with a company due to the skills they have learnt and developed at Equus. Other individuals are able to attend school again and contribute to group tasks successfully.
The schools we work with provide invaluable feedback. Caroline Moore – Mullion School Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Team Leader said (Sept 2018)
“Occasionally we have students who despite a lot of support are unable to cope with the rigours of mainstream education. John and the staff at Equus Solutions have bent over backwards to help support these students. They treat everyone as an individual and go the extra mile, trying new ideas until they find what works for them. John also takes the time to attend meetings and communicates well with the school as and when needed. A massive thank you to Equus and the support you have provided.”
- Support at key transition points
We realise that change happens for young people at different points in their lives. Each case is done on an individual basis depending on needs and we also look at the family as a holistic approach.
- Other local or national support
We work closely with schools, the Learning Partnership, Victim Care Services, the Safer Stronger Consortium and other healthcare professionals. We also offer volunteering and time credit opportunities at Equus.
- Resolving disagreements, mediation and making complaints
We have policies and procedures in place for complaints. We are fully insured and our staff hold enhanced DBS checks, safeguarding and protection qualifications. Complaints can be made direct or via a third party if a client has come through a referral that way.
Last updated: 15/02/2019