A different kind of therapy
I have been in practice since 2000 and in 2014 began integrating horses in to some of my work. I actively work to continue to learn and grow as a behavioral health therapist focusing on understanding how are brains function and how to enhance my skills. I also hold membership in AAMFT, EMDRIA, and EAGALA.
Animal Assisted Behavioral Therapy and Equine Therapy in particular, is an active and engaging therapeutic experience. Sometimes, I create therapeutic exercises and activities based on the presenting goals working from the perspective that fits your experiences and needs. Other times, we use observation and how the horses are engaged to help build insight. For others, its about more traditional talk therapy while being out with the herd which may lend to staying present and grounded.
Our horses love being a part of sessions and they provide support, challenges, and entertainment. They can be goofy, compassionate, stubborn but always horses and often seem to reflect what we are feeling during sessions. You don't need to know anything about horses and you won't be riding them. All you need is to be able to walk around and yes, you will likely leave smelling like a horse. Our herd has grown and now includes mini donkeys and mini goats. The mini donkeys are often engaged in our sessions and the mini goats may be a part of your sessions as well.