Experience The Power of
This practice has the potential to assist with:
Anxiety, confidence building, attachment disorders, autism, ADHD, depression, relationship problems and leadership issues
Contented People and Equine Therapy
'Contented People’ - established by Alex Gulland, offers individuals the opportunity to experience the power of Equine Therapy.
This type of therapy utilises the concept that people's lives can be positively influenced and changed by spending quality time with horses.
Horses are excellent teachers in our journey to discover and understand ourselves. This is because they are herd animals, social by nature, and therefore have a heightened awareness of the rest of their herd members - which includes us!
The connection between horses and humans is the ‘magic’ of Equine Therapy and can be explained in neuro-scientific terms by the fact that there is a remarkable similarity between the limbic (emotional) brain of horses and that of humans.
They can therefore serve as both as our mirrors and our teachers in terms of emotional intelligence, congruence and relationships. Alex is also training to be a mental health counsellor at South Essex University - she is in the final year of a 4 year diploma course in Person Centred Counselling.
All clients are counselled by Alex Gulland, who successfully completed her Equine Facilitated (EFL) training with the LEAP Organisation in 2017.
LEAP is an organisational member of The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and adheres to the BACP Code of Ethics.
The LEAP Model is an integrative approach to EFL. It combines both reflective and active elements to provide clients with an holistic and therapeutic learning experience.
Alex Gulland - is a qualified LEAP Practitioner and also trained in Natural Horsemanship.
She carefully structures counselling and interactive exercises that use a combination of this Natural Horsemanship and the horse’s own subtle system of communication to assist clients.
To the left of this copy is a link to a film, created and produced by Alex, which explores how the Equine Therapy process works.
Over the last 10 years, the clinical team at LEAP have worked intensively with over 1,000 clients and have subsequently built a huge experiential and skill base in clinically using their model.
The LEAP Model has identified the key elements required to work with various client groups including:
Those facing life changes or crises
Presenting issues include:
Lack of Confidence
and other Common Mental Health Issues
Equine Therapy is also regarded as being suitable for individuals of any age interested in achieving clarity of life purpose, rewarding interpersonal relationships, and compassionate heart-centered communication skills.
1. Meet The Herd
3. Programme of Activity
If you decide you want a tailored programme of activity, we normally recommend a course of 8-10 sessions but ultimately, the choice of the amount sessions that you wish to complete is up to you.
Typically with longer-term work, clients will have a combination of Equine Therapy and room based sessions.
All the session are ground-based
Once you've decided that you would like to experience Equine Therapy, we will ask you fill out various procedural forms.
We then invite you to an introductory session allowing you to decide whether you feel this type of treatment is right for you.
During this session you have the chance to 'Meet The Herd', establish areas that you may wish to focus on in the future and experience some basic reflective exercises with the horses.
Every aspect of safety is adherered to during our sessions. A Safety Agreement will be sent through to you before you officially engage with us.
We advise that you read the agreement carefully and call us if you have any questions or concerns.
We will not be able to complete a session with you without a signed Safety Agreement.
As well as being a trained Leap Practitioner Alex is also a qualified First Aider.
Costs vary dependent on whether you have decided to experience a one-off session or want an in-depth programme of treatments.
Cost for a one-off session - £75.00
We offer a 10% discount if you sign up for a series of 8 sessions and a further 15% if you wish to sign up to 15 sessions
We also offer a £35.00 assessment session, this is a shorter session where you can decide if this type of therapy is right for you.