About Willow Therapy Farm

Debbie Rowberry, a Child Therapist specialising in Emotion Regulation Therapy, opened Willow Therapy Farm
upon researching that Nature Deficit was a key cause of Depression and Anxiety in Children and Teenagers. Many of her clients demonstrated a disconnection with themselves which coincided with a disconnection from Nature.  

Having already been providing Equine Assisted Therapy Programmes as a private contractor at Equine Facilities in South and East Auckland, Debbie decided to purchase a Farm and establish an Emotion Education and Wellness Centre where she could deliver Emotion Regulation Therapy and Emotion Education Programmes with the aide of Nature and her team of Therapy Horses and Therapy Dogs.   

Originally facilitated in Flat Bush, Debbie purchased the Clevedon farm in early 2014, to expand the Animal and Nature Assisted Emotion Education and Child Therapy Programmes.

Willow Therapy Farm has since grown to provide a range of Therapeutic and Emotional Education Programmes as well as Therapeutic Based Holiday Programmes for NGO’s. 

Our Therapist

Debbie Rowberry is a Child and Adolescent, Emotion Focused Behavioural Therapist, specialising in Emotion Regulation Therapy and Emotion Education Programmes. Debbie also provides Therapeutic services at the Takapuna Hub, in Takapuna.
With over 30 years experience in Emotion Mindfulness  and Meditation, and a Post Grad in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Debbie has developed a range of  Child Specific - Emotion Regulation tools and activities that teach children how to recognise their changing State Of Being.
The Emotion Regulation tools, enable Children to Self- Monitor and Self- Regulate their emotional reactions.

To enhance and aide in the delivery of the programmes, Debbie has a team of Therapy Horses and Dogs.  Purpose Designed activities with the animals and nature create a vast canvas of  life representation and assist the Child to recognise and learn about their own State Of Being and that of others. 'In the Moment' teaching, using purpose designed Emotion Regulation Tools increase participants Emotion Resilience.

Debbie is also a trained Equine Therapy facilitator both in the Equine and Therapist roles and is a Rock and Water Psych-Educational  Facilitator 

Over the years, Debbie has facilitated a number of Emotion Education and Emotion Regulation Therapy Pilot Programmes for NZ Police and within Schools. These Pilot Programmes included  the following:  
Social and Emotional Learning Pilot Programme - School Based         
Objective – Primary School aged Children identified as being at Risk of being stood down due to Behavioural Concerns engaged in the pilot programme. The 8 week programme proved effective, reducing the intensity of Emotional and Behavioural Disturbances. 
Rongamatane Pilot Programme- School Based
 Objective – To develop and facilitate a Culturally appropriate programme that would neutralise any recent emotional disturbances in order to bring children into a “learning ready” state of being. The Rongamatane Guided Imagery Programme taught children how to self apply the Emotion Mindfulness tools, increasing classroom engagement and reducing classroom altercations.. 
Home Based Family Coaching Pilot Programme for the Manurewa Police Youth Development Team.
Objective- To develop and facilitate an “In the Family Home” programme that would assist highly vulnerable families and prepare them for generalised Family Therapy Programmes such as MST. The programme identified key areas within the household that were attributing to the disfunctionality of the family unit and provided coaching and coping strategies to address those areas. 
Debbie is contracted as an independent Child Therapist by NGO’s , CYF, ACC and NZ Police, as well as being contracted by Family Works, ATWC and MinED to provide Emotion Education Programmes both within schools and at Willow Therapy Farm. Her programmes are recommended by Whirinaki for Children with PTSD and by Psychologists and Counsellors who’s clients respond better in non clinical settings.

See www.childbehaviourist.com for further information regarding the Child and Adolescent Emotion Focused Behavioural Therapy Programmes that Debbie facilitates..

Our Therapy Animals

The Therapy Horses and Dogs at Willow Therapy Farm play important roles in the Therapeutic and Emotion Educational Programmes. A vast representation of life experiences can be achieved in just one session. Working with the Therapy Horses and Dogs assists with 'In the moment' Emotional Learning. The wonderful personalities of the Animal team, provide insights into human behaviour, that even small children can identify and recognise in themselves.


 Willow                                    Cinda

Willow and Cinda are both Gypsy Cob Mares. Gypsy Cobs have been bred over many generations to be calm and reliable. Their temperaments make them exceptionally suitable to assist in Equine Therapy.


Teddy, Mylie and Muffin.                                                  
Mylie, Teddy and Muffin assist in the Willow 
SEL Programme, based at Willow Therapy Farm and work in schools in the Big Buddy and Board Game Club programmes. 
Mylie and Teddy also help children to understand and moderate their Emotions, Thoughts and Behaviour, in the Horses Healing Kids - Child Behavioural Therapy Programme.

Mylie provides a soothing experience for sick children and helps children with Autism and ADHD learn coping strategies to calm the mind and moderate their emotion responses.

JD and Patch
JD and Patch assists Children and Teens to understand and moderate their Emotions , Thoughts and Behaviour in the Horses Healing Kids - Child Behavioural Therapy Programme . JD, Patch, Willow and Cinda also assist in the Willow SEL Programme, an Emotion Education Programme for schools.    

Willow Therapy Farm 
610 Monument rd, Clevedon
New Zealand

Contact Details:
Mob 021741887
Email: D.RowberryNZ@Gmail.com

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