Our passion is for helping people to achieve their goals by gaining more control over their lives. We strive to support adults who may feel dispossessed and disenfranchised due to mental health difficulties to overcome and achieve a more hopeful pathway despite the challenges they may face. We seek to integrate my personal values into helping others to access a fulfilling journey through life and currently that involves our lifelong passion for equines which we incorporate into our work as an equine assisted therapists.
The Models we work with
We cover a range of psychological therapies both behavioral and experiential which include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Equine Assisted Therapy (Eagala) Models. These can be utilised as a single approach or combined for an integrative approach.
Training and Qualifications
- Equine assisted psychotherapy EAGALA
- Equine assisted learning EAGALA
- PG Cert Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- PG Dip Mental Health
- BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology
- MSc Criminology with Criminal Psychology
Our Professional Staff
Naomi is a highly skilled and experienced horse woman who is passionate about ensuring that the benefits of all things equine are accessible to all. She is currently developing a series of therapeutic interventions using as their base the unique relationship between man and horse, having witnessed first-hand the incredible influence horses have on our mental and physical wellbeing.
Establishing The Sirhowy Stud in 1987 with two Caspian mares, we now have the largest Caspian Stud in the UK and have exported breeding stock to countries as far apart as Australia and Sweden. Importing two of the 1994 stallions from Iran, a stallion from Belgium bred from a stallion and mare also in that shipment and a stallion that had been born in Australia, from the USA in 2000. The Sirhowy Stud has all the rare female bloodlines and are carrying on trying to increase numbers.
In 2016 Naomi qualified as an Eagala Certified Equine Specialist in order to share this incredible little horse with as many people as possible. This is a task for which, being that their talents and temperaments are so different from other equines, Caspians have found their perfect niche.
MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER. SOUTHERN HEALTH NHS TRUST
Tracie is a qualified Mental Health Practitioner with a Forensic NHS background specialising in talking therapies. Tracie began working in secure services in 2007 and trained as a Mental Health Practitioner gaining a PG dip in Mental Health. Her professional background has incorporated working alongside the Youth Offending team, Early Intervention in Psychosis, Medium Secure services, Low Secure services, Forensic CAMHS and currently Rehabilitation in Adult Mental Health. Tracie has worked with people living with severe and complex mental health conditions such as personality disorder, psychosis, Post-traumatic distress disorder, dual diagnosis of mental health with addictive behaviours, Autistic spectrum disorders through to anxiety and depressive disorders.
Mary Taylor BA Hons MBACP
PERSON CENTRED COUNSELLOR
Mary qualified as a Person Centred Counsellor in 2002 and worked as a specialist therapist within an NHS addiction team. She then went on to qualify as an Integrative counsellor at Southampton University in 2009 and worked within numerous settings and in private practice. She has worked with people living with moderate and severe mental health conditions and has a special interest in working with addictions, trauma and group work. She also has an interest in ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorders and in Young Carers.
She took a career break a number of years ago to start a family and during this time, in order to maintain her practitioner status, attended various training courses. One of these courses was the Eagala Training which she completed in 2013. She found the concept of work with horses and humans very inspirational and she was keen to incorporate this into her practice
Sue Smith B.Ed. Hons
Sue now retired, qualified as a teacher of the hearing impaired and worked initially in a mainstream school for children with a profound hearing loss. She then moved into special education where she remained for the rest of her teaching career. Sue has worked with children from the ages of 4 to 18 years, teaching a broad curriculum to pupils with widely differing needs and abilities. In this capacity Sue has worked with pupils on the Autistic spectrum; pupils with global developmental learning delay; ADHD and pupils with physical difficulties from hearing and visual loss to profound mobility problems.
Alongside her skills in developing young minds, Sue has a passion for horses, owning her own horse Freyja. Sue has expanded her knowledge and in attending a range of courses has seen the benefits that horses bring in aiding and developing confidence and self-esteem; problem solving and self-fulfilment.
Sue also works as a conservationist volunteer and is a member of a team who support a small herd of Exmoor ponies in a local nature reserve where they are used for conservation grazing. Now with time on her hands Sue is able to combine her two passions to bring Equine Assisted Learning to the community.
The Eagala Model is a distinct experience-based, team-approach framework. The Eagala Model is so effective because it embraces the philosophy that humans learn best by doing.