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Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT) Now Available at The Hills Clinic

A professional and creative approach to explore therapeutic change and personal development for a broad range of mental health needs using the spirit of the horse- human relationship.

We are delighted to announce that Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT) has been added to the treatment offerings at The Hills Clinic.

Equine therapy, also known as Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT), is a treatment that includes equine activities and/or an equine environment in order to promote physical, occupational, and emotional growth in people suffering from various mental health related issues. Equine-Assisted Therapy sessions allow patients to uniquely explore, understand and accept their own self and develop, strengthen and grow new ways of moving forward.

Equine-Assisted Therapy can assist individuals build on the following skills:

  • Confidence
  • Self-efficiency
  • Communications
  • Trust
  • Boundaries
  • Perspective
  • Social skills
  • Impulse control

Historically, horses have been known to have similar behavioural patters to humans. Due to the nature of these bahvioural patterns, patients find it easier to socially engage. This form of therapy enables patients to feel comfortable to form a non-threatening connection in a safe and nurturing environment.

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Some of the characteristics of Equine-Assisted Therapy include:

  • Increased self-esteem and self-confidence for patients as horses will take non-judgmental and unbiased stance towards patient’s physical appearance or past mistakes and only react to the patient’s behaviour & emotions.
  • Horses are hyper vigilant and hyper sensitive to their environment which makes them keen observers. Thus Horses have a tendency to mirror the patient’s behaviour, physical movement and emotions which provides patients with awareness of self.

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The Power of the Horse- Human Spirit

Horses are incredibly smart, sensitive and beautiful creatures with soft and protective sides. We are often drawn to them as they symbolise many of the aspects that hold true meaning to humans, such as freedom, expression, beauty and strength. They can also evoke strong feelings and emotions within us to assist us to see and feel emotions that can be hidden from the surface. This makes horses very powerful and effective therapy partners.

When is the program held?
This new inpatient program will be held every Sunday from 9:00am - 1:00pm.

How do I attend the program?
Contact The Hills Clinic on 1300 122 144 to learn more about Equine-Assisted Therapy today.