Lainie Nicholson and Karen Eggleston at Liberty Haven.
Lainie Nicholson and Karen Eggleston at Liberty Haven. Contributed

Horses helping with therapy

AT POINTS in our lives we can all use some guidance and it may sound strange, but horses may be able to help. EGALA Equine assisted therapy is a form of psychotherapy with horses that helps children and adults with confidence, resilience, assertiveness, self-belief, social skills, trauma, anxiety and other issues.

For the past eight months, certified equine specialists and horse safety instructor Karen Eggleston and physiologist Lainie Nicholson have been doing equine therapy and Liberty Haven in Tansey.

Mrs Eggleston said a service like equine therapy was rare in the South Burnett area and she wanted the community to be aware that it was available.

The pair are currently working with children in care who have experienced trauma.

Mrs Eggleston said she had witnessed many children have breakthroughs when working with the horses and finding solutions to their problems.

"It's not about the horse as such, the horse becomes a metaphor for a person or a situation in their lives, the horses are at liberty, they roam free and horses mirror back similar, non-verbal behaviours in people,” she said.

Each session encourages people to work through their own solutions to presenting problems that are causing distress in their life. The activities with the horses are ground-based and reflect real life situations.

"The sessions often help clients recognise unhealthy patterns, build on their personal strengths and change their lives,” she said.

There are Medicare rebates and funding available. For more, phone Karen on 0499828003.

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