Welcome to JS Equine Therapy

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My name is Joe Slattery. I am a trained addiction counsellor accredited by the Addiction counsellors of Ireland since 2010. I am also a member of the EAGALA team as a mental health specialist. My primary role in my current profession is working with under 18s with substance/drug misuse and also working with loved ones effected by substance/drug use in both one to one and group settings.

Before this, I started my training working with children/teens affected by a family member being incarcerated. As you can imagine these experiences can be traumatic and can have a devastating effect on a family causing all sorts of emotional and behavioural problems.It is my job to create a safe place for people to express their feelings and emotions. This helps the person find their own solutions and create a coping system to help them through these stressful times.

I provide Equine Therapy services across the Mid-West region of Ireland so we can always find a location suitable to you! I also have my own facilities where I carry out most of my work. Based in the scenic town of Ballina/Killaloe, Co. Tipperary just 10 minutes off the Limerick-Dublin motorway. Check out our Google map in our Contact Us section for directions.

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What is Equine Therapy?

 Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially for mental and behavioral health therapy and personal development.  It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals.  Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short-term, or “brief” approach.

EAP is experiential in nature.  This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns.  This approach has been compared to the ropes courses used by therapists, treatment facilities, and human development courses around the world.  But EAP has the added advantage of utilizing horses, dynamic and powerful living beings.

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Founded in 1999, the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) is the leading international nonprofit association for professionals using equine therapy (horse therapy) to address mental health and human development needs.  Their vision is that every person worldwide will have access to these therapy services known as Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning   www.eagala.org

Why Choose Equine Therapy ?

It is my experience that a lot of people find it hard to express their feelings in a counselling room to a stranger as they feel vulnerable and may not have had an opportunity to speak like this in the family setting causing discomfort and caution. This is where Equine Therapy comes in to play.

Do you know that saying “my kids tell me more when they’re in the back of the car than when we’re sitting at the table” ? Well, the horses can take the intensity out of the situation giving the person more freedom to express themselves whilst also giving them freedom to move around and not make eye contact if they choose.

I have been very lucky to have horses as part of my life since I was a child and I know first-hand the benefits that I have gotten from them. A horse will not judge you if you’re feeling sad or scared. A horse will not laugh at you or tell you that you’re wrong. Horses are experts at picking up emotion and atmosphere as these are the skills that have kept them alive for thousands of years.

A horse will simply react to the energy it feels from you without judgement or having a hidden agenda. This gives the person a chance to look at their behaviour or actions in a non- threatening or judgemental way giving the person a lot more room to change as there is no one to argue with

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Photos courtesy of Eagala
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Benefits of Equine Therapy

The focus of EAP is not riding or horsemanship. The focus of EAP involves setting up ground activities involving the horses which will require the client or group to apply certain skills.  Non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking and problem-solving, leadership, work, taking responsibility, teamwork and relationships, confidence, and attitude are several examples of the tools utilized and developed by EAP.

EAP is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, famlies, and groups.

EAP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, PTSD, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs.

We provide a flexible and mobile Equine Therapy service throughout the Mid-West region to reduce the amount of travel for you. I also have my own facilities where I carry out most of my work. Based in the scenic town of Ballina/Killaloe, Co. Tipperary just 10 minutes off the Limerick-Dublin motorway. Check out our Google map in our Contact Us section for directions.

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Photos courtesy of Eagala
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Contact Us

Joe Slattery  |   Tel: 085 1425115   |  Email: jstherapies@yahoo.com

You’ll find us on the Grange Road, Ballina, Co.Tipperary