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Working with Halter was a pleasure. Pauline designed a comprehensive package for a group of 10-14 year old girls looking at developing confidence , communication skills and teamwork. Each of the girls looked forward every week to coming to the stables and seeing not only the horses, but the cats too! The change in the group was incredible . with them all saying they were calmer and happier after spending time with the horses , and each girl took away lessons that could be applied to real life.

As a family intervention practitioner, I was able to work with Pauline, and fit her lessons in with the wider work being done with each of the families. She was open and understanding of the backgrounds and issues presented by each child, and was able to address these successfully. I found Pauline friendly and open and brilliant to work with, and i know that we have developed a partnership that can be built on with future work.

I would definitely recommend Halter’s services to any organisation, as her therapeutic methods can be applied to a range of needs , can be used for children and adults, either separately or as a mixed group, and can compliment any organisation’s aims.

Katy Pargeter
family Intervention Practitioner
Signpost Leeds City Council
15/6/13

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I am a dual qualified Clinical and Educational Psychologist, registered with the Health Care Professionals Council. I am currently employed as a Senior Clinical Psychologist for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Leeds and seconded to the Signpost Family Intervention Service. I have over 10 years’ experience of working with children and young people with severe and complex additional needs.
 I was introduced to the EAGALA model through Pauline Lupton. We identified 6 young people from the most neediest families in Leeds whom had been or were currently excluded from their mainstream school. As an approach to working with children and young people I found that Equine therapy was a very useful tool to engage the hardest to reach young people in a positive and proactive way. Furthermore the therapeutic approach appeared much more naturalistic to the young people than traditional therapeutic approaches in clinics. EAGALA was a very flexible and open approach that could be adapted for a range of therapeutic techniques. The results of the first program were phenomenal and levels of depression, anxiety and disruptive behaviours were all reduced. Additionally levels of self-esteem rose as measured by standardised tools. The young people themselves clearly enjoyed the program and were desperate to have some more sessions

As part of Signpost’s work with hard to reach young people and families, we attempted to use a creative therapeutic approach to engage with our clients. Signpost (through the work of Katy Pargeter, supported by mangers Sharmyn Kennedy and Munaf Patel) successfully bid to pilot a program of Equine Assisted Therapy. The programme ran from March to May 2013. Pre and Post standardised measure were taken to monitor the effectiveness of the programme. Five young people participated in the Equine Therapy. Levels of self esteem rose by 22%; anxiety levels dropped by 67%; levels of depression dropped by 12.5%; levels of anger fell by 54% whilst recorded levels of disruptive behaviour fell by 94%.

Dr. Simeon Hanson (Clinical Psychologist)
Signpost Family Intervention Services