healing herd therapies gold coast
healing herd therapies gold coast

Healing Herd Therapies

Healing Herd Therapies is a trauma informed counselling and support service for people with experience of relational or personal trauma or for people experiencing issues big and small, and everything in between. Counselling at Healing Herd Therapies focuses on helping you reprocess trauma and reconnect with your true self, others, community, and the natural world. Trauma experience includes domestic or family violence, attachment trauma and attachment issues. Also insecurity in relationships, dealing with loss, family of origin conflicts, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and self-worth, identity meaning and purpose.

“At Healing Herd Therapies we believe that therapy is for everyone; for issues big and small, and everything in between.”

Healing Herd Therapies

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)

Equine assisted therapy (EAP) involves an experiential approach to therapy and supports clients of all ages. In EAP, clients are offered experiences with horses that are safe physically and emotionally where they can explore their boundaries, personal awareness, safety, and relationship patterns.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)

Individual counselling

Counselling is a deeply personal and safe process that can involve talking about what is present for you, working together to unpack, explore and understand your concerns, and providing strategies and tools to work towards mental and emotional wellness. Through therapy, you can learn skills and build inner resources that you will be able to take away with you and use for the rest of your life.
Individual counselling

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

I am trained as a Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive (TCTSY) Yoga Facilitator , an evidence-based practice designed to support those living with PTSD/ Complex Trauma and is grounded in trauma theory, attachment theory, neuroscience, and hatha yoga.
Trauma Sensitive Yoga
andrea healing herd therapist social worker gold coast
About me

Meet Your Therapist

My name is Andrea, and I am a qualified mental health social worker registered with Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) with a career spanning 13 years within government/health and community sector.

I consider it a privilege to be provided with the opportunity to walk alongside you on your journey, helping you to navigate the winding road of life. You are the expert of your own life, and I believe everything you need can be found within you. My role, as a therapist, is to facilitate the process and be with you as you discover these inner resources, as a fellow human who is learning and growing, too.
About the Therapist
About Healing Herd

Healing Herd Values

Healing Herd Therapies takes a strength-based, client-centered approach to our work with clients. We incorporate the use of evidence-based practice through the framework of Gestalt Therapy, Narrative Therapy, the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques, within the scope of Experiential Therapy, whether in the Paddock, Counselling Room or Telehealth. We strive to create a space that is inclusive and respectful of different cultures and backgrounds.
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healing herd therapies values


Why Equine Assisted Psychotherapy?

For anyone looking for an alternative to room-based therapy, Equine Assisted Therapy provides an opportunity to explore therapeutic goals in the presence of horses.

Being in the presence of horses has been found to have profound psychological benefits for humans. Horses, as prey animals, have highly evolved senses, their ability to read body language, and sense slight physiological changes within humans and other horses means they can often mirror the true experience of those around them, providing a unique opportunity to experience authentic contact free of judgment or filters.  This experience also means that horses can provide immediate feedback which can facilitate increased self-awareness.

Other benefits are:

  • Bringing a horse’s presence to a therapeutic or learning environment can provide support, regulation, a new perspective and increased self-awareness, as horses live in a state of full-bodied awareness.
  • Horses are also fantastic models of what it is to be grounded, using their feelings as information, expressing emotions, and returning to a regulated state.  
  • Horses are able to offer an acceptance that is different from human interaction.
  • Horses are herd animals who live in complex social environments and are in constant communication with each other, they seek leaders and encourage us to develop qualities such as calmness, awareness, confidence, compassion, acceptance, and connection.

At Healing Herd Therapies we incorporate a trauma-informed approach and can help to increase awareness of emotions and behaviours that are no longer serving you. 

Location for Equine Assisted Therapy (EAP)

Set in an idyllic location in the Gold Coast Hinterland of Beechmont, at The Wagon Stop Wellness Farm, 1320, Beechmont Road, Beechmont 4211, which is a 30 minute drive from Nerang. There is parking on-site and toilet facilities. Please refer to The Wagon Stop Site for further information about facilities. About | The Wagon Stop

How do I book a session?

Please feel free to phone or email me to discuss any queries you may have regarding Counselling and Equine Assisted Therapy if you would like to book an appointment. My contact details are mobile: 0421 884 898 or email me at: hello@healingherdtherapies.com ~  Due to the nature of the work, I may not be able to answer your call but leave a message, and I will get back to you as soon as possible or submit an online enquiry form on this website.   

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