I have always enjoyed teaching horse owners more effective ways to connect with their horse. For the past 18+ years I have been healing broken horses through the variety of equine modalities I have learned and practiced. In recent years I have discovered Equine-Assisted Therapy, and my passion has expanded to helping human individuals in need of healing, heal through the unique healing power of the horse, an entity that is a non-judgmental expert in overcoming adverse conditions of life.
My career in health and well-being originally started by working in a variety of athletic clubs as an AFAA certified group fitness instructor, an ACSM and AFAA certified personal trainer. This pursuit soon integrated into my life with horses, as I began to search for methods to create the highest level of fitness and well-being in my equine partners.
My future plans include having a private counseling practice that specializes in treating complex trauma, including adverse childhood experiences, relational trauma, emotional/physical abuse and PTSD.
DEGREES & CERTIFICATIONS
- Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, 2015 Grand Canyon University
- Master’s of Science in Professional Counseling, 2019 Grand Canyon University
- Member of American Counseling Association, 2018
- Member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, 2016
- Equine Massage Therapy, 2001 Equi-Touch Equine Massage Systems
- Masterson Method Certified Practitioner, 2010 Masterson Method
- Microcurrent Therapy Technician, 2007 Matrix Therapy
- RockTape Certified Kinesio-Taping for Equines, 2018 RockTape
- Equine-Assisted Therapy, 2018 Greg Kersten’s OK Corral Series
- EMDR Therapy, 2018 EMDRIA
A VARIETY OF TECHNIQUES
By using a variety of therapeutic techniques, a stronger bond between horse and owner is created, making all aspects of riding and training much more satisfying. The horse’s memory of the special bond they shared with their dam before they were weaned is re-stimulated through this gentle process of touch and just “being” with them.
THE IMPORTANCE OF YOU
I have always felt that the best person to improve a horse’s well-being is that horse’s owner. An emotionally supported horse is a horse who can look to their primary caretaker and trust that they will be safe and protected from the many predators in their world that can scare or harm them.
My true passion is teaching the horse owner how to treat their horses themselves. This way, the owner not only saves money, but also creates the bond with their horse personally. The owner also does not have to fit the needs of their horse with an outside chiropractor or equine therapists schedule and time frame. An additional benefit is that the horse can get relief as soon as he needs it, not a few days or weeks later, when the chiropractor or equine bodyworker will be available. This becomes a routine maintenance regimen, which will not only fix small issues before they become larger issues, but will also keep the horses muscles and fascia pliable to better fend off injury to begin with.
I am passionate about teaching how to connect to the horse in order to heal the person from the inside out. This can involve coaching individuals through various life obstacles involving trauma, grief, substance abuse, depression, anxiety and other negative life experiences with the help of the horse.