Established in 2014 as a charity (to deliver a programme that was developed in 2011 by IFEAL), we combine groundbreaking coaching approaches with evidenced-based psychosocial wellbeing methodologies, that includes (safe and unridden) facilitated interactions with horses.
Our fully accredited facilitator teams include ex-service personnel who offer mentorship and post-programme support that our clients find invaluable.
Horses are an integral part of the programme as they facilitate participants to gain new insights and strategies for successful communication and relationship building.
Horses are highly sensitive to humans’ intentions and feelings; they are naturally able to help participants understand how their actions or behaviours appear to others.
As participants begin to explore positive ways of interacting with the horses they gain important insights for their human interactions.
Dare to Live facilitator teams include ex-service personnel who offer mentorship and post-programme support that our clients find invaluable.
We work collaboratively with a number of non-governmental associations, military mental health teams and veterans’ agencies as well as private and NHS psychotherapists.
Lead Facilitator and Founder of Dare to Live
(PG Dip Trauma & PTSD, MNCP (Accred), CD-ABNLP, ABH, TLTA, BCMA)
Sun founded the International Foundation of Equine Assisted Learning (IFEAL) in 2007 and Dare to Live in 2011. She is CEO of IFEAL Qualifications that offers Pearson-certified psychological training Level 6 & 7 in Equine Facilitated Human Development and Learning (EFHDL). Her consultancy work includes working with CEO’s and International Business Schools and her current research studies are preparation for her PhD in the applications of Equine Assisted Accelerated Learning for Human Development. She is an Advanced POH Eponaquest Instructor, a member of UK Psychological Trauma Society and The European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
(Cert.EFHDL, MNCP, MSAFE)
Corporal in the Royal Engineers, Hugh served in Germany, Canada, Cyprus; two tours in Northern Ireland in IED search teams and a tour in Bosnia with the Bomb Disposal/Mine Clearance Teams. He has faced his challenges with PTSD (diagnosed in 2006). Thanks to an employment/training grant by Poppy Factory (Walking with the Wounded funded), he has recently completed the Equine Facilitator Learning degree-level equivalent course with IFEAL Qualifications.
(BSc (hons), Ad Prof Dip PC, Ad Dip EFHD, MSAFE, MBACP)
Jenny has worked with us since 2010 and has various roles here including Facilitator and Researcher for Dare to Live, and Programme Director for IFEAL Qualifications Ltd. In addition, Jenny worked as a Counsellor and Group Facilitator for an addictions charity (2014-2017) and as a Counsellor, Equine Therapist, and Equine Behaviourist in private practice (since 2015).
Facilities Manager and Support Facilitator
(BSc (hons) Cert. Hyp CS. Cert EFHD)
Maria is the onsite herd manager, support facilitator and assists with office admin and marketing. She has a BSc in Wildlife Conservation, gained a certificate in hypnotherapy and counselling and has qualified as an IFEAL EFHD Facilitator. She brings more than 30 years of horsemanship experience to the group and continues to explore more relational horsemanship skills.
Administration and Research Assistant
After graduating with a Psychology degree in 2016, Alice began voluntary work with us, focusing mainly on the research aspect of the programme. After several months, she is now undertaking a role within the administration department. As horses and veterans are very close to her heart, she hopes to study with IFEAL Qualifications to become a facilitator in the near future.
(Dip. TA Psych, Cert.EFHDL, MBACP, ITEC, MSAFE)
Sharon is a Transactional Analysis Therapist and a qualified IFEAL Facilitator. She runs her own private practice as well as being part of a new Integrated Healthcare Service within the NHS. Sharon specialises in working with individuals and groups and has a keen interest in working with trauma and PTSD.
Mary Joy Johnson
Youth Programme Director
(Cert. EFHD, MSAFE, MNCP, MNATP)
Mary Joy is passionate about the care of vulnerable young people. She is a Mother of 3 children, one of whom is adopted and who has additional special needs. She has experience of Complex PTSD, Bereavement, Advocating for support and services, Adoption and many other challenging life experiences.
((BA (Hons), MRCSLT, Reg. HPC, Cert. EFHD, MNCP, MSAFE))
Grace began her career as a Speech and Language Therapist, working with adults following stroke and head injury. She is a qualified IFEAL Facilitator and is currently studying for a PG Dip in Trauma and PTSD. Grace has a private practice as well as working part-time within the NHS.