Equine Psychotherapy

Horse 4 Thought

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

Equine Psychotherapy sessions last for 90 minutes weekly for 12 weeks with a review at the end. The programme consists of psycho-education, active and reflective activities involving a herd of horses and a trained Psychotherapist.

You can gain valuable insight into how you show up in situations, how you relate to yourself, others and how you perceive they relate to you. It can be a very moving experience and the horses are sensitive and amazing at tuning into body language and energy to give non- judgemental feedback and experience that is then explored with the Psychotherapist.

For further details in fees and availability please call Jane Oakley on 07826 866277

Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at Horse 4 Thought involves talking to a trained therapist, one-to-one in weekly or twice weekly sessions that last for 50 minutes and fall on the same day and time each week.

This kind of therapy addresses underlying issues and causes, often from your past, which may be concerning you, or affecting your relationships with others. In your sessions, you will be encouraged to talk freely and to look deeper into your problems and worries. It aims to help people make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development, alongside relieving troubling symptoms. It can help you discuss feelings you have about yourself and other people, particularly family and those close to you.

Please contact Jane Oakley on 07826 866277 for further information on fees and availability.


EMDR sessions at consultation, history taking and prep stages are generally 60 minutes long. Once we move into processing, they are 90 minutes long to ensure enough time. The sessions are held on the same day and time weekly.

Please contact Jane Oakley on 07826 866277 for further information on fees and availability.

Equine Psychotherapy and EMDR

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The Discovery of EMDR

In 1987, a respected American Clinical Psychologist and Researcher, Dr Francine Shapiro, made the chance observation that eye movements can reduce the intensity of disturbing thoughts and feelings under certain conditions. Dr Shapiro studied this scientifically. In the 1989 edition of The Journal of Traumatic Stress, she reported success using EMDR in treating victims of severe trauma. Since then EMDR has developed rapidly and has been widely researched. It is now used by trained therapists all over the world.

Why Horses

Horses are prey animals that have lived on earth for over 50 million years. They rely on energetic presence and non verbal clues to sense danger and communicate with each other. This means they are constantly and acutely aware of the emotional state, energy and intentions of other animals around them.

This hypersensitivity is what makes horses amazing facilitators for learning and development. They are so highly tuned, that regardless of what you say, what your job title is or how you WANT to come across, they react only to your energy, gut feelings and real emotions.

By watching their behaviour around you as you interact with them, you get a pure, unfiltered, non judgmental read on how you really come across, what it’s like to be in your presence and the impact you are having on yourself and others in your team.

“I was someone who always thought they didn’t need Psychotherapy, that was for other people! Then one day I found myself in a situation that however much I tried to fathom it out I was going around in circles and could feel myself spiralling down into a dark place, this, in turn, had pushed my self-esteem to an all-time low. Someone suggested I have some counselling and as I was in such a low place mentally, I thought I’d try it.

I then found Jane and I cannot believe how much my life has turned round, with her kindness, help and empathy she encouraged me to talk through all my problems and feelings, she made me feel safe and listened to and I left after each session feeling uplifted. Slowly everything that I was feeling began to fall into place, and once I understood the reasons why I was feeling that way, I was able to see everything clearer and gradually began to see things differently.

As a result of my Psychotherapy, I am now in a much better place mentally and physically, I am sleeping better, eating better and feel I am present in the world and not on the outside looking in. My self-esteem has grown as a result and I cannot thank Jane enough for giving me my life back.”

SH - February 2023