HEALING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HORSES
Equine Facilitated Mental Health (EFMH) is an approach to counselling with a focus on creating a therapeutic horse-human relationship. It's an unconditionally accepting relationship, grounded in non-judgment and genuine affection, creating a safe space for expressing and healing painful matters of the heart.
Surprisingly, horses are quite passive and playful creatures in spite of their incredible physical size, strength and stamina. Spending time in their presence and in partnership offers promise for creating awareness, expression, compassion and connection.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Clients select a horse they wish to work with and are guided through a series of exercises to help foster a connection. The relationship between horse and human offers a unique opportunity to learn mutually healthy boundaries, and to foster attributes of self-respect, self-confidence, assertive communication and true compassion and empathy for the self and others.
EFMH EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS
Ms. Trinity Nathoo is a Registered Psychologist (AB) with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. Ms. Nathoo’s experience with horses includes groundwork, western, english and centred riding, attendance at a variety of horsemanship clinics and a daily care regimen for her herd. For the past six years, Ms. Nathoo has been working towards obtaining triple certification with Pro-EFW Canada in the Mental Health (MHP), Learning Professional (LP) and Equine Professional (EP) streams. She also engages in regular consultation with her mentor, Sue McIntosh, MA, CCC, founder of Healing Hooves, who is a well respected member of the equestrian community, a mental health professional, and a tri-certified professional trainer with Pro-EFW Canada.