Certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) and I have been using Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) since 2002. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and Licensed Professional Art Therapist (LPAT). Counseling since 1975, I offer many different approaches to counseling children, adults, couples, and families.
I’ve specialized in domestic violence since 1996. Primarily with victims and child witnesses of domestic violence. I advocate for children and animals and have a certified therapy dog, “Hershey Kisses,” who is used in animal-assisted therapy. I’m also a yoga instructor and yoga therapist.
EAP(Equine Assisted Psychotherapy) is a powerful, experiential therapy utilizing horses in the healing of emotional wounds and to facilitate personal growth and learning. EAP provides tools and skills to foster resiliency of people of all ages. The work consists of a partnership between the client, horse, therapist and Equine Specialist. Clients participate with the horses on the ground. The focus is on the relationship between the client, and the horse. Horses are powerful, dynamic, spiritual beings who have survived by their instincts. They live in the moment and offer many lessons and metaphors for our own growth. Horses offer unconditional love, something that humans crave and by offering that, the animal can unlock a client’s defenses and help gain their trust where a human counselor might not be able to accomplish this. EAP addresses a variety of mental/emotional health needs including Domestic Abuse, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Depression, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Relationship Problems and Communication needs
Art and sandtray therapy have been used for decades by psychotherapists as a tool to open the door to the unconscious mind. Sandtray Therapy is an expressive arts therapy involving tray(s) of sand along with a variety of miniature objects arranged on shelves. EMDR is a highly effective treatment used for Individuals who experienced trauma which remains unresolved. The goal is to process distressing memories, reducing their effects, and allowing clients to develop healthier coping mechanisms.
Albuquerque Depression Center in Corrales
Education: M.A. Art Therapy and Special Education of Emotional Disturbed- University of New Mexico: Graduated 1975
B.A Liberal Arts -Fine Arts- State University College Buffalo, New York: Graduated 1972