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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
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With Dr Neil Brener, Dr Kim Brown, Dr Jemma Hockley, Mike Delaney

Saturday 23 January 2016

Horses have qualities that enable them to be powerful contributors to therapeutic transformation, including sensitivity, non-verbal communication and atunement. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is a therapeutic approach that uses the intuitive nature of horses to address emotional needs in humans. It is effective in treating a variety of mental health and human development needs including addiction, ADHD, depression, abuse issues, eating disorders and relationship problems. EAP is experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, then processing feelings. This conference will reflect on why the horse is so able to help heal the human, and elaborate the varying models of Equine Assisted Therapy such as LEAP, GHEI and EAGALA. The relationship configuration between the therapist, horse, client, and equine specialist (if one is involved), which varies between approaches, will be considered.


Dr Neil Brener
Dr Neil Brener is a Consultant Psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience working with adult patients in the NHS and in the private sector, specialising in the treatment of addiction, anxiety and depression. He was Consultant Psychiatrist at the Queen Mary's University Hospital (1992-1996) Consultant Psychiatrist at Churchill Priory and Roehampton Priory (1996-2000), and Medical Director at The Priory Hospital, London (2000-2010). More >>

Mike Delaney
Mike Delaney is a Mental Health/Addictions Specialist with over 35 years experience working with individuals, rehabilitation centres and professional bodies in the UK and internationally. He had a successful career for twenty years as a Registered Nurse Manager and CPN within Mental Health/Learning Disability services and, since undergoing treatment for his own addictions in 1996 he has specialised in a range of issues including addictive behaviours, young people who have suffered sexual trauma, co-dependency and relationships. More >>

Dr Jemma Hockley
Dr Jemma Hockley (BA, MSc, DClinPsych) has been the Clinical Lead at Strength in Horses Equine Therapy since 2009 ( She is both a practicing Clinical Psychologist and experienced horsewoman. Jemma has been researching the use of horses in promoting mental wellbeing since 1998, with the aim of developing understanding and awareness of Equine Therapy amongst the mental health profession. Jemma founded SIH in 2008 following her doctoral research on the positive impact of Equine Therapy on mental health service users in the UK. More >>

Dr Kim Brown
Dr Kim Brown is the founder of Nature Therapy CIC which was set up to ensure the benefits of nature are open to all. Kim started work in a psychiatric hospital over forty years ago where she first noticed improvements in the quality of life for patients who were able to spend time outside. Her subsequent career has been spent as a nurse, midwife and teacher who specialised in working with vulnerable children and adults. Kim has always been interested in mental health and researching the impact of nature - this led her to undertaking a MPhil in Research Methodology and a MSc in Health Education. More >>


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Early bird: £110 (Sold out)
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CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 5 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:00 Coffee
12:45 Lunch
15:15 Tea
17:00 End