Being a therapist is my way of giving back to this community: I’m here to offer support to my neighbors as we navigate life’s challenges. I am a Licensed Social Worker, trained in Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy or EFP. Often called “Somatic” or “Equine Therapy,” EFP is an evidence-based practice that combines principles of Gestalt therapy, a what-is-happening-in-the Here & Now-approach, with principles of animal-assisted therapy. Most of us have experienced the deep connection – sometimes healing sensation – that comes from being in relationship with an animal. Partnering with the horse allows you to feel that connection, explore relationship and behavior patterns in your life, tap into the mind-body connection, and heal. Simply put, EFP allows you to “get out of your head” and into your body as you process what you are experiencing in the moment.
For folks who prefer traditional talk therapy, office sessions are also available. In those sessions, I work from a Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) perspective. The first examines coping methods influenced by early life events that may no longer serve you; the second focuses on unhelpful thinking patterns that influence emotions and behaviors.
Whichever type of therapy appeals to you, in-office or EFP, both offer support for anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, and work/life transitions. We’ll play to your strengths and go at your pace in a relaxed, safe, and collaborative environment.