Wyatt presented as articulate and mature and shared that he was excited to start his programme. He appeared aware of his need to deal with his feelings better, sharing that he sometimes felt overwhelmed by his emotions and the prospect of change.
Wyatt found it easier to talk about his feelings whilst completing activities, so we practiced declaring feelings whilst completing practical tasks. He was able to relate the horse’s feelings and behaviours to his own which helped him to explore his own feelings.
Worksheets enabled Wyatt to identify physical symptoms of worry and strategies for coping and to reflect on the challenging behaviour he displayed in school. This supported him to understand how his feelings impact his behaviours and how he could use the feeling of calmness he has when with horses to help him in school.
Qyatt engaged in written work and took pride in reflecting on what he had learnt. He enjoyed having input into session planning and often requested the opportunity to practice or repeat any activity that he found difficult, ‘so he could get better.’
To build self-esteem and confidence, we reflected on his achievement throughout the session, using scaling 1-10 for him to monitor his own improvement. He particularly enjoyed collecting ‘nature treasure’ on a mindfulness walk, giving this activity 10/10.