I have been a licensed clinician (LCSW) for over 20 years and have a doctorate in Psychology. Although I have recieved excellent clinical training and excelled as a therapist, I have never fit in with the traditional psychotherapy model.
I've had horses all my life and have experienced some powerful healing moments with my horses. I can truly say horses have healed my soul.
About six years ago,I had an amazing experience working with a horse whisperer. I wanted my clients to have the same kind of life changing experience. I've used experiential therapies to help my clients through trauma and find answers and peace, so integrating horses into therapy made sense.
The equine experience shortens therapy/coaching time, almost by half. What can be accomplished in one hour with the horses, (whatever the presenting problem) would take at least twice as much time using a traditional talking session format. Equine facilitated therapy is gentle and helps the client go deeply into their fear and find their answers. My formal training as a therapist, a play therapist and clinical social worker combined with EAGALAand other EFC models and Martha Beck training techniques creates a unique, life changing coaching experience.
Julie Stass PhD, LCSW CA license number: LCS15828