Doubtless this will confound many! I know that there is a very respectable sideline therapy run by qualified counsellors and therapists which uses horses to help distressed people with depression, low self esteem etc. I think it has its roots in the US.
However, having moved to Gloucestershire recently, which I see as having a high horse, as well as people, population, I've become aware of a number of people setting themselves up to offer sessions with horses under various guises which they describe as helping with mental health and yet, they are not run by people qualified in counselling or therapy.
This really came to light for me when I came under a hard sell from a young woman who had suffered depression herself and had a horse and was now setting up her own company and intending to charge £120 an hour for therapeutic sessions with her horse. I've worked with vulnerable groups of people and this really concerns me but I've no idea how such a thing might be professionally accredited. I'm not a mental health professional and I'm not looking for therapy, I just ride and like horses. This young woman was trying to persuade me to do her 5 day training course.....I backed off firmly but was left wondering. Any thoughts anyone?
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