At Westland Farm we have an amazing group of therapy and learning partners; our horses, ponies and other animals. They help us to develop and learn new things about ourselves and each other. The sessions are therapeutic, encouraging growth, self-awareness and development.
At the farm we support and facilitate Animal Assisted Therapy and Learning. What this means is we offer sessions and programmes where our animals play a significant part in supporting the process. We see children, young people, families and adults. We facilitate both individual and group sessions. The sessions are structured differently depending on the needs of the clients, and their goals.
Targeted Equine & Animal Therapy
We have a team who integrate their expertise into the therapy session, including Occupational Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Holistic Social Work and attachment models. Our practitioners work with an integrated approach, lead by the clients needs, wishes and feelings. Every client’s first session at the farm is an ‘initial session’, which is an informal activity based assessment, which initiates a care plan approach to the potential therapeutic work going forward. This is discussed with clients and referrers at the referring stage and following the initial session.
Animal Assisted Occupational Therapy
Animal Assisted Occupational Therapy is widely used around the world and is becoming an increasingly popular choice for client recovery and development. These sessions work with animal assisted activities to provide practical and emotional support to empower our clients to facilitate recovery and overcome barriers that are currently preventing them from doing the activities (or occupations) that matter to them. This support increases people’s independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life. Animal Assisted Occupational Therapy is widely effective for a range of rehabilitation, recovery and development needs and is also thoroughly enjoyable for the clients. You can read more about our Occupational Therapist, Yvette and her areas of expertise in the ‘About Us’ section.
Siblings Together is essentially animal assisted therapeutic sessions, usually working with horses, where siblings work together in semi-structured sessions, towards common goals and challenges. The aims of the sessions are to provide a space for communication, conflict resolution, relationship development while being able to ‘play’ together.