WHAT PEOPLE HAVE FELT & EXPERIENCED IN THEIR SESSIONS
I am always so humbled, reaffirmed and grateful for the transformational, healing effects a horse centred healing session has for my clients.
As a practicing psychotherapist, I was very excited to be participating in a session with Rachael and her horses in a therapeutic setting. This I knew to be a very different approach to the therapy that I offer, though I went in with complete confidence that I would be held by Rachael for whatever would arise. I was not disappointed. In fact, it was life-changing.
Upon arriving at her property I was already relaxed by the beautiful surrounds that she had set up before even meeting her horses. After sitting with Rachael, sipping tea and engaging with her gentle approach preparing me for the introduction to the horses, a magical world opened.
I truly moved into a place where all 3 of her horses offered me an experience of deep emotional healing. Being with horses in this way allows you, the human, to surrender over worries, fears, problems, anxieties to these magnificent animals. The horse has a power and grace that seems to find a way into your heart. Rachael was completely present to my process the whole time and l felt as deeply supported by her as I did with the horses.
I recommend to all those reading this, to book a session and go on a journey like no other.
I arrived and was warmly greeted by Rachael and welcomed into her magical property. After settling in and by dropping into my own internal space Rachael gently guided me towards her majestic horses.
It was incredibly overwhelming to be in the presence of such calmly assured animals and quickly allowed me to release the emotions I had been holding.
Rachael’s energy held me softly yet securely while I navigated myself around the horses.
This was followed up with a profound meditation/visualisation that furthered my experience.
I would greatly encourage anyone seeking to know themselves more deeply, or those seeking to release emotions or simply to be held by the magic of Rachael and her horses.
A truly open heart session in trust, stillness and deep gratitude. Rachael guides and holds perfect space with her tribe family of horses. I felt completely safe and nurtured in nature and love as these powerful animals showed me deep parts of myself hidden yet ready to open more of who I really am. Highly recommend to anyone willing to surrender to what is and explore more then you think you know about yourself. Thank you Rachael, Ill be back.
Rachael is one of those rare beauties who has the capacity to sit with others in their discomfort until they find their ease again.
Horses have always been a big part of my life and a coming home. Spending time with her and her horses gave insights into deep tension and conditioning in a very pure way. The interaction I had with the horses very much mimicked what plays out in human relationships and the pain that comes with it. Highly recommend Heart of the Horse, they really do have these big beautiful hearts that touch you in a way that is so honest.”
Rachael's extensive experience with equine therapy, yoga and Eastern and holistic healing culture has allowed her to achieve great results for my
autistic son. It has long been scientifically established that autism can not be 'cured' and I would urge people to avoid anyone who claims that they can cure autism.
However, it is also well established that a range of therapies can assist autistics to compensate and develop alternate neural pathways to dramatically improve their quality of life and to function and even thrive in society.
Rachael's unique and customised approach to equine therapy has augmented my son's other therapies to produce amazing results.
For example, rather than simply having my son jump on a horse, Rachael guided him in how to approach, groom and interact with a horse. Such proprioceptive sensory integration activities combined with the vestibular sensory activity of the mountedsessions have worked wonders formy son.
Rachael integrated these activities with breathing and calming techniques.
Of course, Rachael's cheerful and positive personality make her therapeutic
sessions relaxing and great fun for both me and my son. I can also see how variations of such therapy could help people who suffer from other issues such as depression, anxiety or phobias.
CLARISSA, Woodend Dec 2019
I have been doing the Meditation, Mindfulness and Chai sessions for several months now and find the experience truly phenomenal. I have been dealing with trauma and high level anxiety and each session brings back a sense of calm and assists me in grounding myself. I leave each session with renewed vigor and optimism and feel incredibly blessed by the experience. Though I am unable to articulate just how these horses (and one very special dog) assist me, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the strength I have found to keep going and my renewed sense of inner peace and understanding, has indeed come from these magnificent creatures.
I regularly see a psychologist and she agrees that my disposition has improved tremendously since beginning these sessions and regularly encourages me to continue to attend. Rachael has the most beautiful soul and will make you feel completely supported. She takes a very gentle approach, making it easy for people who have never been around horses or participated in group meditation, fit right in with complete ease and comfort. I would recommend these sessions to absolutely everyone as I truly believe, no matter your condition, experience or belief, you will get something out of these amazing sessions set in the most peaceful and tranquil locations...oh and the chai will most definitely surround your heart like a big warm hug!
SHANNON, Melbourne Dec 2019
I have attended the Meditation, Mindfulness and Chai sessions four times with Rachael and have found it to be so relaxing and therapeutic. I didn't know what to expect as I have never done any type of meditation before and I was a little bit hesitant about it, but Rachael guides you through the meditation and I was really grateful for that. I thoroughly enjoy my time with the horses and the benefits are extraordinary. I leave the sessions feeling really calm and totally relaxed. Kasey the dog is also there and brings a lot of enjoyment too.
LORRAINE, Melbourne Dec 2019
This group of testimonials have been added in June 2020 from the parents of the children I am currently working with.
We have been working with Rachael from Heart of the horse for the past 6 months. My 10 year old autistic son has been involved in numerous therapies throughout his life, I truly believe that Heart of the Horse provides a deep and nurturing environment to work through the individuals needs. In such a short period of time I have seen so much growth in his ability to regulate his emotions. To Rachael and your amazing team (Boomer, Tavi, Lady and Kasey the dog) thank you for being one of the best assets in our therapy tool box.
R, Sunbury child 10yrs
Absolutely beautiful setting under the amazing guidance of Rachael. The sessions reduced his stimming, calmed his nervous system and he was able to concentrate much better. Jayden developed confidence leading the horses and was able to communicate with us and the horses more clearly (using photo prompts).
L, Sunbury child 10 years.
My daughter is regularly seeing Rachael and her horses for mainly easing anxiety. This type of therapy may seem unconventional but I cannot recommend it highly enough. The herd really teaches the intricacies of navigating what's going on for the individual and how you respond to your thoughts and feelings. My daughter has learnt so much being with the horses and its teaching her regulation, self awareness and tools to deal with anxiety and sad thoughts. The horses and their unique personalities challenge my daughter in different ways and this interaction leads to subtle teachings of ways to adapt, trust and allow thoughts and feelings but more
importantly the skills to acknowledge and overcome them when present.
My daughter loves her visits with Rachael and her horses, it's a highlight of her week but more importantly she is learning valuable skills to navigate and regulate her big emotions. I highly recommend this type of therapy.
L, Woodend child 8 years
We have found sessions with Rachael and her herd at Heart of the Horse, to be immensely beneficial for our 8 yr old son with ASD. For many reasons, but specifically in terms of developing and broadening his depth of insight into areas of self regulation, and how he is able to better manage his emotions under the gentle guidance and support that Rachael provides, he is able to confidently extend this to other areas in his daily life. I would highly recommend Rachael for anyone seeking equine therapy. E, Gisborne.
In my son’s own words “I like to see Rachael and the horses because they make me feel calm, it’s the best thing ever”
My 18 year old daughter has complex emotional issues due to traumatic experiences she’s had in her life. She suffers severe anxiety and can occasionally dip into depression during stressful times. She started seeing Rachael and the horses at the start of the year. It has been quite instrumental for her wellbeing as it helps her ground, makes sense of difficult feelings, acknowledge them and move forward. The positive energy she gets from Rachael and the horses (you’ll feel it as you start walking into I call it the ‘sacred space’)surpasses all the the time she’s been in the care of the government mental health system. As a parent, just being around them whilst my daughter is having her session, I benefit from it all too. It really is a
bonus 😘 I wish we have found it much sooner but I believe everything is a journey. I will forever be grateful to have found this wonderful resource for
my daughter. It simply is one of the best thing you can do to support your loved one. We live in Melbourne and I happily drive to Woodend as much as we could fit in to our busy lives as it is all so worth it. I highly recommend it to anyone who needs support in their well being however, complex it is. H, Melbourne.