Animal Assisted Therapy
Medical science has proven that spending time with any animals helps us on so many levels. It has been well documented in many medical journals that the therapeutic visits by animals in hospices, hospitals and nursing homes gives wide-ranging benefits - for some people pain relief, lifting depression, anxiety, etc. In many care establishments animals help stimulate the mind and promote wellbeing. In young hyper-sensitive children being close to birds of prey helps bring calmness and gives them a sense of responsibility. Their energy becomes totally focused on the birds and how to look after them.
I offer Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) with my Birds of Prey as a 1-1 therapy session, or alternatively I can bring the birds out to various establishments (e.g. Hospice, Hospital, Care Homes). In the past 10 years I have seen the many positive benefits of AAT co-working with Birds of Prey - spending time with people undergoing rehabilitation from surgery (helping their motor skills and posture through holding the birds); helping people with depression and anxiety to become focused on the animals allowing them to gain confidence and joy; helping disabled young adults gain self-confidence and patience whilst holding and flying the birds; and anyone who simply just wants time out from the stresses of everyday living to come and sit with the birds and enjoy the closeness with them. AAT brings in the therapeutic reasoning of animism, psychology and that human/animal interaction.
Sessions can be tailored to the needs of the individual or group, either 1 or 2 hours depending on what is needed. A typical session may include only handling the birds, or simply taking a bird for a walk on the glove, or perhaps walking and flying the hawk to the glove concentrating on the therapeutic needs of the client. Please give me a call to discuss your requirements.
All my birds are very happy to be handled and flown by the public. I hold Full Public Liability Insurance and am CRB (DBS) cleared to work with children and young adults, and hold a current Animal Activities Licence.
Sessions take place at designated sites across Somerset.
Scientific Study - during 2020 and continuing into 2022 I will be collecting scientific data in order to prove the effectiveness of Animal Assisted Therapy with Birds of Prey and Zoo animals!! If you'd like to be part of this please do get in touch.
Apprentice Falconer & Animal Assisted Therapist
Le'ah joined the team at the beginning of 2021. Having a deep understanding of trauma, animism and therapy she brings a wealth of understanding when working with the birds. Having previously worked with horses in a therapy context, she now brings her knowledge and empathy to work with clients to help them find their own wings and soar.
Le'ah will be helping me out with the AAT workshops and co-working 1-1 with clients and my birds too.