About Our Programs

Therapy - Mental Health Services

Shumbashaba offers therapeutic services that prevent and treat mental illness as well as promote the mental health needs of groups and individuals. In addition to offering traditional psychological services were identified as necessary, we also incorporate
horses and their context into mental health treatment for people using the distinct experiential framework of the global Eagala Model.

The Eagala Model is an innovative, ethical set of best practices that build on the human/horse connection to help people learn more about themselves and to use that learning to change their lives. Eagala Model sessions are ground-focused and solution-
oriented, creating a safe environment for both horses and clients to be themselves.

In order to offer these programs, we are fortunate to have access to the services of psychologists and counselors who work as independent contractors or as volunteers in the delivery of services that promote psychological well-being.

Anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, and addictions are some of the life challenges that participants address in the therapeutic interventions we offer.

1.   Individual and group counselling


-       Accessible, culturally and contextually sensitive counselling programs (Pro-bono to participants)

-       Addressing challenges such as trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, substance abuse, and career decisions

-       Psychological First Aid


-       Personal level: Empowered to access personal resilience and implement effective coping skills to deal with distressing emotions and behaviours.

-       Community level: Increased resilience and reduced distress in community care workers. 

2.   Gender Based Violence (GBV) Interventions and Support


-       Psychological intervention response to GBV survivors using psychological first aid approach

-       Trauma-informed individual and group counselling

-       Behavioural health program for perpetrators of GBV

-       Prevention of GBV program (‘Growing Great Generations’)

-       Support program for GBV caregivers


-       Support and healing for survivors of GBV

-       Personal growth and empowerment to equip individuals with skills to prevent GBV

-       Increased empathy and resilience through debriefing and self-care for community care workers

-       Addressing systemic issues of GBV

3.   Substance Abuse Interventions


-       Psychological intervention to support people recovering from addictions

-       Trauma-informed individual and group counselling

-       Behavioural health programme

-       Relapse Prevention programme


-       Closing the gap in after care support for people in recovery

-       Community access to 12 step fellowship

-       Decrease of substance use and misuse in community

-       Decrease in substance abuse related violence and crime