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Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning on The Sunshine Coast

A range of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning services are available with Viva Equine.

If you are new to Equine Therapy, you may have questions. firstly, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is horse therapy for humans! Horses are attuned to both their surroundings and to people. They can teach us about ourselves and how we respond or present. In EAP Qualified therapists and counsellors partner with horses to help you to improve your mental well-being and to address any issues that might be affecting your life. EAP also helps you to reconnect with your values and strengths in ways that are right for you and your situation.   

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) uses interactions between horses and humans to social and life skills. In EAL horses act like teachers teaching you how to navigate social and life situations that might be challenging. In EAL the focus is skills development. Horses can also calm and soothe us and teach how to better calm and soothe ourselves. While there is no perfect division between horse therapy for humans and horse learning for humans, in EAP and EAL horses help us to learn to live life in ways that are meaningful to us. 

All Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning sessions at Viva Equine are offered outdoors in Mollolah Valley’s beautiful nature. This provides a safe and secure environment for you to explore your challenges, reconnect with your strengths and make long-lasting and meaningful changes in your life.


Equine Assisted Therapy

  • Equine Assisted Therapy is an evidence-based experiential approach to counselling. Clients work in collaboration with horses and specialised counsellors to achieve their goals.

Equine Assisted Therapy can be beneficial in assisting clients with:
 Neurodiversity including autism and ADHDTraumaMental health problems including depression and anxietyEmotional RegulationRelationship ProblemsCommunication skillsSocial skillsBehavioural ProblemsBody image problemsSelf-esteem and confidenceGrief and lossCareer changeDisabilitiesParentingSelf-discoveryEmpowerment


Life and Social Skills

Learn social and life skills in a fun and unique way with the help of a horse!

Our Life and Social Skills programs focus on:

  • Team work

  • Relationships 

  • Friendship 

  • Communication skills

  • Problem solving skills

  • Self-esteem and confidence skills

Programs are tailored to participants' goals and are suitable for groups or one-on-one. Group programs generally run from 1 to 12 sessions in accordance with your group’s needs.


Keep me Safe

Keep me Safe is a Protective Behaviours Program that employs horses to teach children personal safety skills. It helps them to understand their body, their feelings and what to do if they are worried or harmed.

Children will learn to:

- Name their body parts

- Identify and speak about their feelings

- Identify warning signs our bodies give us in situations of risk or harm

- Understand their rights as children

- Identify a safe network of people  and services they can talk to if they need to.

We can offer these  workshops to families, groups, childcare centres, kindergartens and schools.

We also run this program for home-schooled children.

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Youth and Anti-Bullying

Horses have a powerful capacity to help  young people to look at themselves with compassion and to create meaningful and lasting change in their lives. This program helps participants with:

  • Communication

  • Healthy relationships

  • Bullying

  • Self-esteem

  • Understanding and setting boundaries

  • Confidence

  • Isolation

  • Risk taking behaviours

This program can be tailored to meet specific participant specific goals and needs.

Dancing Women

Women's Empowerment

Women continue to face challenges in our society. These experiences can leave women feeling disempowered and doubting themselves in their lives, relationships and work. Our program addresses these issues and is suitable for women:

  • Dealing with the impacts of violence and coercive control in their lives

  • Who have recently left violent relationships

  • Who are looking for ways to re-establish a sense of strength, competence and resilience

Couple Hugging

Relationship Coaching

This program is designed to assist you and your partner to build or refine the skills you need to live in partnership and love with each other. It is suitable for couples facing a range of struggles including:

  • Conflict

  • Grief and loss

  • Communication issues

  • Infidelity

  • Transition and change

  • Relationship issues

You will work together with each other, your counsellor and Monte to build a stronger and more resilient relationship.

Human Pyramid

Team Building

We offer unique team building programs tailored to develop your team’s potential!

Whether you are after specific skill development or just a day full of fun for your team, we have the program for you. With the help of the horses, this program is an unforgettable and unique experience where your team will be exposed to challenges and encouraged to negotiate these as a group. These sessions provide scope for reflection and the development of team resources and strengths.

Our program can help with:

  • Team communication

  • Conflict resolution

  • Collaboration

  • Inclusion

  • Trust

  • Communication

  • Strengthening team's relationship

  • Problem solving


Life Coaching Session

Life throws many surprises at us, and while we cannot predict the outcome of any situation, we can control how we respond to situations. With a horse as a coach, you will learn about acceptance and how to exert your power of choice over whatever life may throw at you.

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