Tina J. Collins, Photographer , Author and Book Reviewer. She is a truly wonderful lady (even though she doesn’t think so) who suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder, Avoidant Personality Disorder, Anxiety and Clinical Depression.
Recently, she has set up a new website called Guiding Horses which is all about a very special therapy using horses: Equine Assisted Therapy or EAT. Her aims for Guiding Horses is to help, guide, inform, support and educate all those who are looking for information or access to these services.
It is currently a WIP however, she fully intends to make this site a HUGE resource and community!
Tina, because of her mental health difficulties, is also seeking Equine Assisted Therapy to help her with day to day living and social interactions. Her enjoyment of life is low caused by social anxiety, depression, self harm and suicidal ideation. Her confidence and her self-esteem is at the lowest its ever been due to a lifetime of abuse and bullying.
I learned why ‘out riding alone’ is an oxymoron: An equestrian is never alone, is always sensing the other being, the mysterious but also understandable living being that is the horse.Jane Smiley
Sending Tina on a therapy course using horses will not only improve her quality of life, but also give her a valuable insight into the world of EAT. She would then like to relay her experiences back to the community and be in a better position to campaign for better access to this very special, but elusive therapy for everybody, not just key groups.
At present, Equine Therapy is not available on the NHS, so the funds must come from her own pocket. She will also need to self-refer. Equine Assisted Therapy could be in the region of £120 per session with the recommended total of sessions being given at 6 or more.
Tina is a passionate horse-lover who has dreamt of owning a horse ever since she was a child. It hasn’t come to pass and she is now resigned to never having this dream come true. The opportunities and support to be with horses haven’t been there for her, either, so every moment spent with these magnificent animals is a life-line.
I want to thank everyone, whether they donate or not, that shares, comments or even reads Tina’s story. She battles on a daily basis to keep upbeat even though this often doesn’t come across on social media. She’s never been one to reach out and ask for help when she needs it.