If I could give equine enlightenment 1 million stars I would.
I have been in therapy with Philippa for over 2 years and she has changed my life completely for the better. A couple of years ago I struggled with anxiety and depression. I was in a very deep hole and could not see any way out.
There is no denying how tough this journey has been for me. Sometimes the demons in my mind would get in the way and there has been times where I have felt like I am not getting anywhere, but by the time I’d walk out of even one session, she would have made me feel positive about reaching the end of this rollercoaster.
With the warmth and caring nature of Philippa I can officially say I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for her. She has made me feel so comfortable in sessions and made me now view life so positively, I can begin to trust again. Before my sessions with Philippa, I never thought I’d be able to open up to anyone, I always felt scared and worried what people would think, but from being in therapy at equine enlightenment, I’d never be worried to speak out what I’m feeling.
There are many methods of therapy which have helped me like CBT which has tackled my deepest of thoughts, Equine (the help from the beautiful horses who make me feel very calm) and I cannot forget Canine therapy too with the wonderful Max who brings out my happiness.
Philippa has helped me to become happy again. Not only has therapy improved my happiness, but it has improved my relationships and my life in general. If I could give advice to anybody who feels like the world is piling in on them and there is no way out, I’d say stick to your therapy, you WILL get there in the end, no matter how tough it can be, it will all be worth it especially when you feel as great as Philippa has made me feel. With the right mind set, anything is possible. You are strong and you have got this.
- E.M, July 2020
When I first started my journey with Philippa, it was before my GCSE results. I had never been to a therapist before and was unsure what to expect. I was intensely worried about passing my GCSE results at the time. I attended a meet the herd session where I was introduced to three horses. Over time I developed a working relationship with Philippa and the horses where I learned the body scan technique to help calm myself and focus before going into a session with the horses. There I would try to connect with the horses and attempt to better understand my emotions, worries and thoughts.
These sessions greatly helped me through my GCSEs and later A levels. I have both Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD. These mental disabilities affect me to this day, but to a greater extent then. These therapeutic sessions with both Philippa and the horses helped me to overcome some of the negative aspects of these mental disabilities, as well as to help to deal with the overwhelming stress of doing my A levels. Over time I transitioned more to a room based setting where I began to be introduced to CBT therapy and understanding the concept of shame in holding back myself in engaging with the world and interacting with other people.
I have known Philippa for 4 years and I can say that my journey of therapy starting when I was 16 has been overwhelmingly positive and that I am still currently on the path to help improve myself and to use the horse therapy to continue to develop a more positive relationship with myself. I would recommend this service to anyone who may need a different form of therapy which is not just room based.
- T.L, June 2020
We would not hesitate to recommend Philippa following her brilliant work with our eight year old son who was suffering from some persistent and troubling issues surrounding anxiety. Within a few months, he became considerably calmer, happier, more balanced and more confident. Philippa was always patient, compassionate and engaging and our son always looked forward to his sessions.
- Mr & Mrs W. Buckingham, 2019
I started Equine therapy a few months ago with Philippa. I can honestly say that it has completely changed my life and the way I view the world. I had and still have many things that I needed to overcome and Equine has managed to help me do that. Philippa is the most understanding and compassionate person that I have found whilst trying to help my mental health and well-being. I honestly never thought that I would be able to tackle my demons and self-destructive behaviour. However with the help of Philippa and the wonderful horses (who I count as my friends now) I have been able to apply to University to pursue my dreams and I am able to deal with many things life throws at me. I still have a long way to go but with the help from Equine Enlightenment I’m now confident that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
- Olivia, December 2018
What can I say other than 5* Phillippa and her team of equines certainly gave me the ok to have a good cry, we only touched the tip of the iceberg into the journey of healing trauma.......Equine Enlightenment, I booked to help my child with ASD however Phillippa and Rob (horse) touched us both.
- Ann-Marie, July 2017
I took my 18 year old son for a session as he was struggling with the pressure of A Level studies. He is not someone who is usually open to the idea of therapy but went with an open mind and to my great delight is really benefiting from it. He is certainly more relaxed and looks forward to each session. Even more unusually, he thanked me for taking him! Thank you Philippa, it has given him something really quite special which I hope he will always carry with him.
- Louise, March 2017
The mindfulness workshop was just what I needed! It was my first close up experience with the amazing horses! It's true - they definitely have the ability to connect with you at soul level, connecting with every emotion and responding appropriately! Thank you Philippa!
- Vivienne, September 2016
The whole day was an experience I will not forget and has helped me so much more than I can tell. I will definitely do the equine enlightenment again - soon! Thank you Philippa xx
- Jacqui, August 2016
My 11 year old daughter and her three friends were lucky enough to have a group [Equine Facilitated Learning] session with Philippa as they couldn't make the workshop dates. They had an amazing morning and couldn't stop talking about all of the lovely exercises and activities they did. They have all asked for another session!! I highly recommend Equine Enlightenment.
- George, July 2016
I finished a course of EFP sessions with Philippa and Rob I feel these sessions really helped with my anxiety and taught me new tools to integrate into my everyday life. I have started a second course and again I feel they are going to help me overcome some of my fears and traumatic feelings from the past that keep arising. I love and enjoy my sessions with Philippa and Rob and I cannot recommend enough. Thank you so much. ..I look forward to my next session xxx
- Linzi, March 2016
I would like to thank Philippa for the EFP Session and with your horses too – the whole experience was amazing. The horses helped me look at my emotions and helped me to realise I can make mistakes (as my problem was perfection/failure) and keep moving forward – I am unable to put it all into words to what I felt, all I know is a massive shift has happened within myself. I feel free and excited about my future. Thank you. I highly recommend Philippa and what EFP offers.
- Diana, December 2015
When I first heard about EFP I had no idea what it was and wasn’t sure what to expect. Philippa put me at ease straight away and was very welcoming! I have now completed the Equine Enlightenment full program of 9 equine facilitated psychotherapy sessions. I feel my anxiety levels are lower than before I started EFP and I am regaining more control of my life by using tools I have learnt through Philippa and the horses. The horses and Philippa are amazing to work with and her therapeutic experience and knowledge of horses is impeccable! In comparison to regular counselling I have had, I have found this to be far more effective, and something I have really enjoyed. I would highly recommend Philippa and the wonderful horses to others and hope you all enjoy the experience as much as I have done!
- Linzi, November 2015
During my time participating in the EFP sessions I always left feeling so much more grounded, just simply taking the time to reflect on the issues the horses would bring up helped me to focus on how to overcome them in daily life and also gave me tools to take into future situations. The boundaries work was nothing short of enlightening for me and this can be transferred into other aspects of my life along with assertiveness to ensure I don’t use all of my energies on others rather than myself. Thank you so much for the opportunity Philippa!
- Lucie, September 2015