Sheree benefits from equine therapy


Mai-Wel Enterprises Supported Employee, Sheree, says she is a different person since starting equine therapy thanks to a referral from Mai-Wel's Support Coordinator, Letisha, and her NDIS funding.


Since July 2017, Sheree has been attending fortnightly appointments at Valley Psychology with Sue Jakes and her equine companions.

In the past, Sheree has seen other counsellors to help with her anxiety, but struggled to find one she felt comfortable with.

Equine therapy involves talking, but incorporates the companionship and responsibility of working with the horses to teach trust and positive ways to channel energy.

Sheree enjoys the opportunity to feed, groom and lead the horses and finds the outdoor sessions to be peaceful. Since commencing the therapy, Sheree feels more confident, happier and relaxed day to day.

Sheree’s employer, the Mai-Wel Enterprises Assembly, Packaging and Business Solutions team, allow her flexibility in her working hours to attend her appointments. Without flexibility, Sheree would struggle to attend her appointments around her full-time job.

Supported Employment Services Officer at Mai-Wel Enterprises, Greg, has seen big changes to Sheree’s confidence since commencing equine therapy. He has recently travelled to Sydney twice for work with Sheree, both trips involving a 4.30am start. The trips are a big leap from Sheree’s comfort zone and shows the improvement in her confidence.

Sheree is thankful for Letisha’s ongoing support coordination and the travel assistance provided for her initial appointments while she built confidence to drive her own car to the sessions in Paterson.

For more information about the services available at Valley Psychology, visit

Pictured above: Sheree, pictured with her favourite therapy horse, Trixie, has noticed vast changes from regular equine therapy. 

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