Our group sessions focus on social inclusion, positive psychology and cognitive behavioural therapy principles – they are an awesome way to enjoy a pleasurable activity in the company of others
Diamond Blue Stables welcomes self referral, Mental Health Care Plans via GP, and/or people with funded support packages through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Family sessions are offered primarily in cases where there are paediatric mental health issues that will benefit from a family or systems approach
Benefits of the Service:
Psychology sessions in situ with horses
Zoe offers a combination of observation and hands on experiences with the horses, depending on the person’s care plan.
The senses of touch, smell, sight, taste, hearing and movement are activated during sessions helping to consolidate the learning and reflective journey.
The horses provide a powerful sensory modulation tool that can help people to feel more comfortable and able to engage in the therapeutic process.
People are supported to practice specific cognitive and behavioural skills within their guided interaction with the horses. Examples include mindfulness, compassionate and flexible thinking, and perspective taking and body language.
Being amidst nature
Being amidst nature is an organic and calming experience that can initiate creative and compassionate thinking. The slow paced rural atmosphere enables people to gently reflect on their values and life goals in a way that enables meaningful change.
Supportive group sessions can enhance learning opportunities for people in the management of their emotions and social awareness.
People are encouraged to build trusting relationships and work together in respectful ways, helping to create feelings of cohesion, self worth and more authentic understanding of others.
Group programs typically run on a monthly basis, for a period of five months.
What is the first step?
People are invited to participate in an intake assessment initially, with the aim of creating a care plan that suits their individual recovery and well-being goals.
It is at this point that decisions are made around whether a person will benefit from one of the following interventions (or a combination of all four):
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy informed approaches
- Positive Psychology and leadership based interventions
- Equine Assisted learning practices
- Individual v. group programs