Healing Trauma the Equine Way

Healing Trauma the Equine Way


Coral Harrison PTSTA, CTA & Olivia Drinkwater (Equine Specialist)

Who is it aimed at?

Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists

Course Outline

Horses can teach us so much about being fully present in the moment. This is an important aspect of helping someone recover from trauma. Our ability to be present, regulated and manage our internal response.  This workshop will include experiences in the outdoors with horses and some theory input.

The workshop will take place in a rural setting. Participants will need to wear study footwear and clothing suitable for the weather conditions on the day.


To provide participants with an understanding of the stabilisation stage of working with psychological trauma. There will be an emphasis upon the importance of self-awareness and establishing safety for clients. This will be facilitated through the experience of equine assisted learning. Participants will be encouraged to adopt a mindful approach to the work.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain experiential understanding of equine assisted learning and psychotherapy and how this can support trauma recovery
  • Enhance self awareness and the importance of being regulated when working with traumatised clients
  • Learn about the stabilisation stage of therapy and building safety for the client media

Facilitators’ Biographies

Coral Harrison

Coral has been working with horses and people since 2005. She is a Child & Adult Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Advanced Certified with Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association (EAGALA). Coral has a special interest in trauma and has been learning how to support recovery in children and adults since the 1990’s.

Coral has recently produced a podcast series on Therapy with Horses. This can be accessed through her website https://changeways.co.uk/podcast/ and will be a useful introduction to understanding this approach.

Equine Assisted Learning and Psychotherapy is an effective alternative to talking therapies. It works well with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced developmental trauma. It is also a useful adjunctive therapy to traditional talking approaches.

Olivia Drinkwater

Olivia is a certified EAGALA practitioner, undertaking regular CPD training to update her equine psychotherapy knowledge to ensure she is well equipped to assist clients in their journey to improve their day to day life.

She also has a Higher National Diploma in Equine Studies; is a British Horse Society Accredited Coach in Complete Horsemanship and has over 20 years’ experience of owning and working with horses.

In her Equine Specialist role, Olivia employs this ability to connect with and understand people and equines. This allows her to help clients explore, problem-solve and overcome challenges on their way to finding the best solutions for themselves. She enjoys undertaking this work whilst also ensuring the clients’ and horses’ safety and security.



Denton Hall Farmhouse
Low Row


Heading south on M6, exit at J44 take the A689 to Carlisle airport. Heading north on the M6 at J43 take A69 to Newcastle. Approximately 4 miles past the town of Brampton, you will approach a bend with a speed limit of 40, half a mile after this the road dips downhill, take the next left turn signposted to Low Row, if you end up at the garage with the wind turbine you have gone too far.  Head into the village and at the level crossing go straight on – don’t follow the road round to the right.  You will pass a row of terrace houses on the left, look out for a green sign for Denton Hall, turn up the track and continue until you see the farmhouse on the left, parking is available outside the farmhouse.

Accommodation and Food

There is a range of options for enjoying a stay in Cumbria from budget accommodation nearer to Carlisle to more bespoke options.  Brampton has a supermarket and a good range of shops for purchasing lunch or enjoying local food.

Refreshments will be provided at Denton Hall Farmhouse.



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