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13.04.18: Samarbeid med Nedre Bakstervold Gård. 

Jeg har nå startet opp mitt tilbud om hesteassistert psykoterapi ved Nedre Bakstervold Gård i Re kommune.  Camilla Husemoen eier og driver gården, som en alternativ opplæringsarena for elever i alle aldre:. Du kan lese mer om gården på https://www.facebook.com/nedrebakstevoldgaard/

Jeg har fått lov til å jobbe sammen med tre herlige og stødige koterapeuter;  Sol, Melody og Apollon.

Psykoterapi med hest kan passe for et bredt spekter av psykiske vansker / livsutfordringer. Ta gjerne kontakt for en prat, der vi sammen kan kartlegge om dette kan være riktig behandling for deg.

10.02.18 Ledig kapasitet 

Jeg har nå ledig kapasitet til å ta i mot pasienter til hesteassistert psykoterapi med oppstart april 2018.

01.02.18: Oppdatert oversikt over HEAL Graduates 2017. 

Nå ligger det en presentasjon av meg på hjemmesiden til Human – Equine Alliances for Learning. Jeg er veldig fornøyd med denne utdanningen, og utrolig takknemlig for at jeg fikk mulighet til å gjennomføre den. Jeg kommer til å skrive en mer utfyllende beskrivelse av modellen etter hvert.

«I live in Holmestrand, Vestfold, not far from our capital Oslo. I love to ride and be around horses and they have always been an important part of my life. In 2007 I graduated as a clinical psychologist from The Norwegian University of Technology and Science in Trondheim. I have worked in a variety of settings with adults and adolescents with psychiatric and drug -use problem. I became a specialist in the field of treating adults with psychological problems in 2013.

The idea of using horses in therapy has evolved over time.  I truly believe that we have a lot to learn from horses, and that working together with them in a therapeutic setting can be a source of emotional healing, personal growth and psychological well – being. I currently work at a local hospital with patients with illicit drug – use problems. I have recently started a private practice where I offer equine facilitated therapy.

I am very grateful for being accepted into the training program. It has truly change my personal life and the way I work professionally. I want to give a warm thank you to my very skillful, warm and professional trainers Kristin and Jeanette, and also to my mentor Leigh. You are great!

01.12.17: The Listening Heart – the limbic path beyond office therapy

Jeg har sakset en bokanmeldelse  v Ann Kern Godal for hestoghelse.no.  Boken heter «The Listening Heart» av Leigh Shambo. Denne boken beskriver HEAL (Human-Equine Alliances for Learning) – modellen i detaljer og er svært praksisnær og utfyllende.  Denne anbefaler jeg til alle som vil sette seg mer inn i hesteassistert psykoterapi. Det er denne metoden jeg jobber etter.

The Listening Heart

Leigh Shambo, en erfaren foredragsholder, forsker og praktiserende terapeut innenfor området hesteassistert traumebehandling, har i disse dager kommet med en ny bok; The Listening Heart.
Under følger en anmeldelse av boken ført i pennen av Ann Kern Godal, en av Hest og Helses kjente ressurspersoner, som til daglig arbeider med sin doktoravhandling om avhengighet.

The Listening Heart: The Limbic Path Beyond Office Therapy – A Manual for the HEAL Model for Equine-facilitated Psychotherapy and learning. by Leigh Shambo.

This is a “how to” manual for a well researched and tested model of psychotherapy involving horses. But it is much more besides with touching and thought provoking personal accounts and a useful outline of the inter-relationship and differences between office based and horse habitat psychotherapy. It is a technical yet highly readable book directed at practitioners. As such it adds a much needed contribution to the growing volume of horse and health literature.

But this book is not aimed primarily at the equine market. Its target audience is the health and social work practitioners and it certainly belongs on the bookshelves and desks of innovative professional psychological therapists.

Shambo’s model includes a six part sequential process for partnering with horses to facilitate psychological and emotional healing with people, particularly those suffering from PTSD. The format is simple, easy to follow and interesting reading with good illustrations and personal accounts. It would however, present quite a challenge for the therapist unfamiliar with horses. One would hope that in due course Shambo might produce a companion video illustrating the equine related terms and her examples of exercises used in Heal’s 6 keys to psychological work involving horses.

The book will I am sure be of interest and value to equine specialists also, particularly those engaged in therapeutic work and/or interested in the human-horse relationship issues. However, as Shambo cautions equine specialists could not undertake this work alone with clients, they would need to combine with a qualified psychotherapist or social worker familiar with psycho/social illness.

Ann Kern-Godal

PhD Fellow, Oslo University Hospital, Norway.

22.11.17: Ny studie viser at hester kan skille mellom positive og negative ansiktsutrykk hos mennesker. 

Resultat: «When the horses were shown angry faces, their heart rates increased significantly. They also moved their heads to look at the angry photos through their left eye — a key sign that showed researchers the horses were perceiving a negative stimuli

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