Approved Sessions and Consultations

A number of professionals have been pre‑approved to provide consultation support and personal sessions to enhance student integration of the material on a personal and professional level.

The personal sessions are educational in nature and do not constitute formal psychotherapy, unless a student decides to embark on a process of formal psychotherapy with a particular provider. 

The individual consultations can be done to discuss cases as well as review theory and concepts. The group consultations are to support students in completing the Level 1 and 2 assignments.

We encourage students to obtain sessions and consultations from a variety of providers so that you may benefit from their diverse experience, education, backgrounds, and styles.

EQUUSOMA®-Approved Providers

EQUUSOMA®-approved providers of personal sessions and consultations for students completing their certificate hours can be found in the directory (yellow tab in the upper right hand corner of the website).

There are currently EQUUSOMA®-approved providers of personal sessions and consultations in Canada, the USA, France, Luxembourg, and Australia. These can be done in person or remotely by phone or video, pending COVID-19 restrictions.

SETI-Approved Providers

Aside from the list of providers in the previous section, the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute maintains a list of SETI-approved providers around the world offering personal sessions that count towards the SE™ certificate. Some of these providers are also EQUUSOMA®-approved.

There are currently Somatic Experiencing® Practitioners on most continents and in many countries around the world. The list is always growing; this list below may be inaccurate at the time you are reading it, as additional Practitioners may have been added by then.

  • Africa (South Africa)
  • Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan)
  • Australasia (Australia, New Zealand)
  • Europe (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom)
  • Middle East (Israel, Turkey)
  • North America (Canada, USA)
  • South America (Argentina, Brazil)
  • South East Asia (India)

In the case where students are located in a country or area where there is a lack of approved providers, it is possible to complete these hours by phone or video call with an approved provider located anywhere in the world.

Double Duty Hours

Students that are concurrently enrolled in the SE™ and EQUUSOMA® trainings may choose to complete their required personal session and consultation hours with providers that are approved by both SETI and EQUUSOMA® (so long as the provider is approved for your current level of SE™ training). Students that previously completed their SEP designation and have started EQUUSOMA® training may use some of the sessions and consultations they completed previously as part of their SE™ training (so long as the SE™ personal sessions incorporated equines and the SE™ consultations pertained to the horse-human relationship). See the requirements list here (in Letter format) or here (in A4) for additional details.

Pre-requisite hours that are completed for EQUUSOMA® training might also count towards the certification requirements of other EAPL programs (for e.g., certification programs that require individuals to explore other models of EAPL as part of their learning or to attend sessions or workshops in EAPL for their own personal growth).

EQUUSOMA® Level 1 students:

  • PERSONAL SESSION HOURS: You may complete your personal session hours with anyone from the EQUUSOMA® or SETI provider lists above (or someone who is approved for both), as these personal sessions can take place with or without horses present.
  • CONSULTATION HOURS: Consultations must be with someone who is an EQUUSOMA®-approved consultation provider (this person may also be SETI-approved, but must have dual approval if you are wanting these hours to also count towards your SE™ certificate hours). This is because not all SETI-approved providers work with horses and the horse-human relationship, which is crucial for the EQUUSOMA® certificate process.

EQUUSOMA® Level 2 students:

  • PERSONAL SESSION HOURS: Personal sessions must be completed with an EQUUSOMA®-approved provider due to the mandatory inclusion of horses in these sessions (can be done in person or by video). This provider may also be SETI-approved for students who are concurrently completing the Somatic Experiencing® training.
  • CONSULTATION HOURS: Consultations must be with someone who is an EQUUSOMA®-approved consultation provider (this person may also be SETI-approved, but must have dual approval if you are wanting these hours to also count towards your SE™ certificate hours). This is because not all SETI-approved providers work with horses and the horse-human relationship, which is crucial for the EQUUSOMA® certificate process.

Other Options

 If you live in an area where there are no SETI-approved providers, it will then be possible to select a local Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP) with whom to complete your personal sessions.  For a list of SEPs by country, please visit the following links to national affiliate organizations:

Australia

Austria

Czech Republic

Denmark

France

Germany

Israel and the Middle East

Italy

Japan

North America (USA, Canada and international listings, including for countries that do not have their own association)

Norway

Other European Countries

Poland

South America

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

The Netherlands

United Kingdom

*Please note that some of these directories are paid membership-based and do not reflect the entire list of available SEPs in a given area.

Pricing

The cost of personal sessions and consultations varies by provider based on a variety of factors (including level of education and experience, cost of office rent and utilities, professional dues, local economy, etc.). Typical hourly rates range from $100 CAD ($75 USD) to $165 CAD ($125 USD), with some practitioners offering a sliding scale. Some providers are required to charge tax as well.

Interested Providers

If you are interested in applying to be an approved provider of personal sessions and consultations to support students in the EQUUSOMA® training, please review the pre-requisites here. Does someone you know meet the criteria but is not on the list? Please have them send their résumé or CV to info@equusoma.com.