Changes due to COVID 19 Restrictions

We are now offering Equine Assisted Therapy Sessions again and adhering to the protocols required by the COVID 19 regulations. Please email us for further information on our programs

What is it? A therapy based program for personal growth and development where the horses are the Practitioners and our Facilitators are there for support. Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) have evolved from the successful methods and programs established worldwide in over 50 countries by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model. Founded in 1999, EAGALA is recognised as the global standard for equine-assisted psychotherapy & personal development.

What is EAP and EAL?

EAP sessions address mental health treatment goals (e.g. anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, substance issues), whilst EAL sessions focus on specific educational and learning goals. EAL sessions may be conducted with activities to enhance:

  • Confidence
  • Problem Solving
  • Creative Thinking
  • Assertiveness
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Non-verbal Communication
  • Relationships

Our Team of Eagala Registered Practitioners:

Gill Beaurepaire, Equine Specialist - Gill has worked with horses since graduating from Marcus Oldham College with a Diploma of Horse Management in 1979. Owner of Whinbury Hill Equestrian Centre Gill has been delivering EAL/P programs here at the farm since 2013.

Andrea Bernazzoli, Mental Health Professional – Andrea is a qualified mental health social worker (MSW), grief counsellor. Grad. Cert. in Grief and Bereavement as well as a clinical family therapist and he works with children, youth, adults, couple and families.

Rebecca Abbott, Mental Health Professional/Equine Specialist – Bec is a registered psychologist (BAPsych [hons], MProffPsych, MAAPI). Bec worked with horses before pursuing a career in mental health. Bec has experience working in a variety of mental health settings including early intervention, hospitals, corporate, and community health, working with a range of mental health symptoms.

Jess Gibbons, Equine Specialist – Jess has worked with horses for the last 4 years assisting clients with disabilities develop life skills and coping strategies through the use of horse therapy. Jess has a background working with young people within the mental health and disability fields and is currently completing a Bachelor of Social Work. She is a newly certified EAGALA member.