Welcome to Harnessing Wellness
Harnessing Wellness Psychology is a psychological counselling service located in the beautiful Yarra Ranges.
We offer both traditional room based counselling and alternative experiential equine assisted psychology. We believe in offering solution focused practical evidence based psychological interventions to support mental health and wellness.
Client confidentiality, privacy, emotional and physical safety at Harnessing Wellness are paramount. Our staff are registered practitioners, who if offering equine assisted psychology have refined horsemanship skills and are trained in delivering animal-assisted interventions. Staff adhere to professional codes of conduct and ethics and are members of professional associations.
The therapy horses and ponies are well known to the facilitators and selected based on temperament. They have ongoing training, daily equine-human interaction and participate in learning activities. Horses will revert to their natural instincts to keep themselves safe and there are risks involved when working with horses.
With mental health awareness becoming more prominent in today’s society, the importance of psychologists is now widely known. Psychologists are highly trained professionals who have studied how we think, feel, learn and behave. Everyone goes through difficult periods...
If you’ve experienced a traumatic incident or require a psychologist for another reason, Equine Assisted Therapy might be a suitable option for you. What is Equine Assisted Therapy? Equine assisted therapy(or Equine Assisted Psychology) encompasses all...
Why partner with horses?
In 2010, Naomi was contracted to write and deliver an experiential trauma informed equine assisted therapy alternative to room based counselling for those affected by bushfires in Victoria. The before and after group assessment’s inferred an increase in well-being and coping for the majority of participants in the eight week program period. Naomi has been working in, researching and presenting on equine assisted therapy programs ever since.
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As the staff at Harnessing Wellness are registered psychologists and trained in horsemanship, equine assisted psychology sessions are theoretically underpinned by psychological theory and evidence based interventions; Wellness theory; trauma sensitive practices and holistic horsemanship to support safe mental health and well-being.
Sessions are generally at liberty with the horses. This approach is a way of being, not a training method, and is about the presence, free choice, flow and communication between the horses and the participant. Equine-human interactions with our therapy horses and ponies offer lessons in mindfulness, self–respect, clear communication, connection, self-regulation and healthy boundary setting can be explored.
Harnessing Wellness EAP programs offer a practical psychological counselling option for individuals to participate in therapy emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually.
Psychology & Counselling
What thoughts and behaviours are no longer working? Psychological counselling can provide an emotional safe place to explore barriers to improving mental health.
Therapeutic Group Programs
Psychological therapeutic group programs are offered to support specific challenges. Groups are confidential & kept small for a personal integrated approach.
Equine Assisted Psychology
The Liberty Equine Therapy (LET) is a psychology program developed from eight years of experience in researching, writing & facilitating
Equine Therapy Training & Advisory
For psychologists and professionals interested in furthering their knowledge of requirements and training methods of therapy equine horses, donkeys or ponies.