Grace was nervous around horses and small animals but determined to embrace the new challenges that were offered to her. Steadily, she increased her confidence by working with different and bigger horses and was soon able to support others who were less confident that her. She appeared confident to try but also self-aware enough to say when it was a step too far.
Her positive attitude to trying new things and completing all the activities that were offered, enabled her to build her confidence and self-esteem over time; this and how she supported others in the group enabled her to build and maintain relationships with members of her group that had a positive impact on her personal life.
Coaches tapped into Grace love of drawing and being creative in the classroom which motivated her to complete her work to a good standard. She also enjoyed mindfulness activities and was able to reflect on how calm she felt after completing these.
Completing practical activities gave Grace the safe space she needed to talk, and she was able to share details of personal trauma with others and reflect on her reactions to this and how far she had come from ‘how she used to be.’ Ultimately Grace was able to share her physical sensations of anger and make positive choices to request time out or walk away from potentially volatile situation.