Equine assisted counselling

Life is not one-dimensional, it is a many-faceted experience. At Collins Wellnesswe believe that counselling should reflect everyday life. To that end, we utilize a multi-dimensional approach to counselling. We incorporate evidence-based neurobiologically sensitive approaches, somatic awareness,  relational counselling, and cognitive behavioural therapy modalities.

For those who find non-traditional settings helpful, we integrate the benefits of equine-assisted counselling and nature-based counselling environments. Equine Assisted Counselling and Nature-based Counselling allows clients to experience in-the-moment feedback for self-awareness, relational dynamics, and somatic experiences.

At Collins Wellness we believe individuals already know what will work in their life. Our goal is to work with clients to develop a treatment plan specific to their values and beliefs. We follow three guiding principles in our practice:

  • Ensuring safety for humans and horses alike
  • To work within the values and principles of clients
  • Building a stronger community with resourceful and resilient individuals

In other words... Every person has three types of responses to life; mental (thoughts),emotional, and physiological (body/chemical/neural). We work with all three responses to build a greater understanding and awareness within every person we work with. We explore how the responses of the body affect our thoughts and emotions and how our thoughts affect our body and emotions.

We also explore relationships between people and the emotions experienced as a result of these relationships. We can create a deeper and stronger understanding with the help of horses. Horses provide honest feedback on how we relate to other people. Horses tell us if we are being authentic and truthful to both ourselves and others.

Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics is a developmentally sensitive assessment. NMT can provide one-time information about current functioning and direction for present therapeutic goals. It can also provide on-going support through reassessment for the ever growing and shifting needs of the individual. For more information please see our NMT BrainMap page.

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