These approved mentors are qualified to serve as either the Mental Health (MH) or the Equine Specialist (ES) side of the team, and so are approved to mentor both sides
Amanda Graham, MS, LPC, NCC
Amanda has been a member of EAGALA since 2002 and completed her Advanced Certification in 2010, presenting at 3 of the national EAGALA conferences. In 2007, Amanda co-founded the EAP program, Horses for Change, in Gunnison, Colorado, under the umbrella of The Center for Mental Health, a non profit, community behavioral health agency with an emphasis on children 8 years of age and older, adults, families, groups, behavioral issues, relationships, boundaries, grief/loss, sexual abuse, Aspergers, and team building. During her mentoring process, she had a chance to work as both the ES and the MHP, an invaluable experience for learning to use the power of the horse in session. She has particular interest in using Mindfulness to help EAGALA facilitators better utilize the horses, as well as expand on activities and metaphor as the sessions progress. On the MH side, Amanda received her MS in Counseling in 2000. On the ES side, she has owned horses since 1996 and has taken natural horsemanship clinics with Ray Hunt, Pat Parelli, and John Lyons as well as an internship with Blaine McLaughlin. Amanda studies Centered Riding, rides dressage and trail, and has a passion for animal welfare. Prior to her career in counseling, she was an animal cruelty investigator in North Carolina and created and taught the Animal Protection Society Horse Investigators Workshop. She served on the Board of Directors for the NC Horse Council and founded the Equine Welfare Committee for that Board, serving as their representative consultant for the National Park Service to find solutions for the Shackelford Banks wild pony herd. Amanda has practiced Mindfulness meditation for many years and developed and taught meditation classes at The Center. She incorporates Mindfulness practice into her EAGALA work to increase awareness and acceptance, and develop genuine curiosity about what is unfolding in the arena. And it is a 'practice', in that “we have to go back to it over and over again”. A lifelong learner, Amanda considers it a privilege to work with other EAGALA professionals who are engaged in further growth and learning for themselves. She has recently returned to Durham, North Carolina where she is working with Alliance Behavioral Healthcare.
Ann is a retired Nationally Certified School Counselor/Department Chair and has earned a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University in Professional Counseling. She has extensive experience in grief work and is a trained Traumatic Loss Counselor as well. In addition, Ann has her Advanced Certification in EAGALA and is the author of an EAGALA model book focused on helping teens deal with weight issues. She is also the author of a workbook focused on helping children/teens deal with trauma focused issues using CBT and the EAGALA model. Ann has had the pleasure to present at three EAGALA Conferences. She has over thirty years of experience working with horses and people in the educational system and enjoys being a part of the mentoring program/process.
Annie Ricalde, Psychologist (Habla Español)
Annie has a background in mental health as well as the equine specialist side. She is a psychologist in Mexico and is a national competitor and champion in dressage. She founded TAAC, which focuses on doing EAGALA EAL with corporations. She has worked with many large and small corporations in Mexico with teams who range from CEO´s to the cleaning service staff at an organization. She also works in partnership with PAE where she does EAGALA focused on child trafficking, addictions, sexual abuse, depression, and eating disorders. She has worked with clients who simply want to focus on personal development, to clients with severe issues including suicidal and those suffering psychotic breakdowns. Throughout her experience as a facilitator with this Model at different levels and with different profiles, she has discovered that knowledge is very important, but the ability to use it, when to use it, and how to use it, at the right moment and at the right place is priceless. She feels the main key for facilitating is a constant development of self-knowledge and self awareness.
(Carina Prantl spricht fließend Deutsch und Englisch)
Carina is a Mentor for German Language and decided to focus on her role as an ES. She is also a Live- and Social counselor after Austrian Law. She has worked with horses for over 30 years, focusing on Natural Horsemanship and lovingly training horses. After discovering EAGALA, Carina focused on the EAP/EAL work. Currently she doesn’t have a steady EAGALA team member, but she has found it to be a great learning experience working with a variety of people. She whole-heartedly believes in the EAGALA Model and the work humans and horses do here. Carina has run her own business since 2004 and works in the social field on one side and with corporate groups on the other, and loves the diversity of the two groups.
, LCSW, PsyD. philosophy is that therapy is a process of self-discovery. It is exploring how you act, think, feel, and relate to others. Therapy is an opportunity to grow and develop new and more effective ways of interacting, communicating and most importantly, to live life to its fullest everyday. When working with a client, whether it be an individual, couple, or family, utilizing horses and the EAGALA model has helped Dr Harris see the power and efficacy of the EAGALA model, which has helped her clients better understand what they need in order to create change. Carole has worked in the addictions field since 1992. Her experience spans from in-patient treatment facilities to working in conjunction with Probation in Orange County’s Drug Court program and with the Los Angeles and Huntington Beach police departments giving services to at risk youths. Currently Dr. Harris’ practice is at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center where she solely conducts EAGALA based Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
Coral Harrison PTSTA, CTA is a UKCP registered Child and Adult Psychotherapist. She is also a supervisor. Coral is Advanced Certificated with EAGALA & offers approved workshops – Healing Trauma the Equine Way. She has been working as part of a team offering Equine Assisted Psychotherapy & Learning since 2005. Her specialist areas are working with ‘at risk’ children & young people, attachment issues, bereavement, behavioural problems, depression, sexual abuse & complex trauma. Coral has over 30 years’ experience with horses and has trained in natural horsemanship. She lives and works in a beautiful rural setting in North Cumbria, UK. Coral is passionate about EAGALA. She enjoys supporting practitioners to develop their skills & confidence through the mentoring program.
Ellie Williams has been highly successful in blending together a life of talented horsemanship and a deep interest in the mental well-being of at-risk children, youth, families and other individuals that can benefit from EAP and EAL (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy/Equine Assisted Learning). In 2007, Ellie made the decision to leave a very successful career, in order to pursue her goals of providing EAP/EAL through her own organization Equiteam Support Services (ESS). As Executive Director and Therapist for this organization, Ellie has diligently worked to attain the necessary qualifications that were needed to build ESS into the very successful organization that it is today. Along the way, Ellie has also specialized in providing treatment to Autistic clients (Horse Boy Method) and is currently developing a specialized treatment program for Combat Veterans. Most recently, as a result of her observation of traumatized child clients suffering from severe attachment issues, she identified a need to become specialized in this area. She decided in 2013 to seek out clinical training with Dr. Daniel Hughes. In 2016 Ellie became a certified DDP Practitioner. In addition to this very busy schedule, Ellie is an adjunct professor at York College, teaching a course on Animal Assisted Therapies.
Heather Wilkerson, LCSW
Heather received her MSW from New Mexico State University in 2003. In 2006, she created Hope-thru-Horses, Inc. in North Carolina on her 2.5 acre farm. Heather specializes in sexual abuse, behavioral interventions, as well as Anxiety, Depressive Disorders, etc. She serves adolescents, families, and military members. She has gone from 2 sessions on Saturdays to 4-5 sessions 4 days per week on her now 20 acre farm. In 2009, a therapist specializing in Autism joined the practice. Also in 2009, Hope-thru-Horses, Inc. added equine-assisted learning so that programs, businesses and military groups can develop professionally. Heather earned her EAGALA Advanced Certification in 2010.
Jackie Kaschel, MLitt, CEIP-MH
Jackie is the Founder and Executive Director of PEACE Ranch, a community center which provides Professional Equine Assisted Counseling and Education services in Traverse City, Michigan. Jackie is a board certified Equine Interaction Professional and EAGALA Advanced Certified to practice experiential equine assisted psychotherapy and education as both MH and ES. Jackie received her Master of Letters degree from Oxford Graduate School in Religion and Society with a concentration in counseling in 1994. As a licensed pastoral counselor, Jackie has led training and leadership groups in the United States and abroad for over 20 years focusing on team development, marriage enrichment, understanding group dynamics and how to lead groups. In addition to leadership and training, she has served on several boards including school, church and community including the executive board of the Grand Traverse/Leelanau Area System of Care for Seriously Emotionally Disturbed Children.
In 2006, Jackie was certified at Level 1 through Parrelli Natural Horsemanship and with an excellent working knowledge of equine communication and herd dynamics has conducted many Basics in Natural Horsemanship groups, trained volunteers for the area rescue, and rehabilitated troubled horses to use in PEACE Ranch therapy programs. Areas of expertise include a broad range of childhood and adult issues including: Autism, ADHD, RAD, ODD, Trauma based, S/E/P Abuse, Addiction, Marriage and Family team building, identifying barriers, building relational honesty, and connection through experiential education. Jackie works with individuals, couples, and in a group setting. Jackie and her husband, Dr. Paul Kachel Jr. have been married since 1985. They have 6 children and 3 grandchildren.
Joy Nussen Timsit, LMFT
Joy graduated in 1984 from the University of California at Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and in 1988, from California State University at Northridge with a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology. In 1991, she earned her California license as a Marriage & Family Psychotherapist. Joy worked for many years with adolescents in group homes, both in Florida and California, and was a case manager for 12 years in the behavioral health insurance industry.
Joy began her EAGALA journey in 2006 and adopted a horse in 2009, the same year she found EquineWorks: Horses Reading People. In 2012, inspired by the positive feedback she was receiving from clients about this work, Joy co-authored : "Soul Recovery: Equine Assisted Activities for Healing from Abuse by Others, Loss of Others & Loss of Self". She earned her EAGALA Advanced Certification in 2014.
Joy is the Clinical Director and Primary Therapist at Sober Spot Recovery in Laguna Hills, California where she specializes in trauma treatment with chemically addicted adults utilizing EMDR, Sandtray, and both Equine Assisted Psychotherapy & Equine Assisted Learning. Her passion is bringing the methodology and thinking behind EAGALA SPUD's into her office so that she stays mindful of staying out of the way of people's story. Joy is extremely grateful to be collaborating with two non-profit programs: Boulder Springs Equine Therapy in Perris, CA and The Dala Center in Fallbrook, CA. She co-facilitates EAP/EAL sessions with foster children, with teens and with chemically addicted adults and specializes in Resiliency. She also enjoys co-facilitating EAL sessions for relationship enhancement and leadership skill development as well as team building events.
Lori Larson, LMFT
Lori earned her Master’s degree in counseling psychology in 1996 from National University. She was licensed as a marriage and family therapist in California in 1999. She has been in the mental health field for 20 years. Upon receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Sacramento, she worked in a residential treatment center and in two community counseling centers; one for the severely mentally ill, teaching life skills, and the other for substance abuse recovery. She quickly learned that she wanted to do more in the realm of psychotherapy. After obtaining her Master’s degree, she worked in sexual abuse treatment with families, and ran groups for substance abuse. For 8 years, she was the program director for a private non-profit agency whose focus was child abuse prevention and early intervention. She worked with individuals, families, and groups, as well as supervised interns. In this position, she had the opportunity to start up an EAP program. She incorporated it in to her private practice with families, teens and individuals, finding it to be incredibly beneficial in moving clients closer to their treatment goals. She has also worked in residential treatment part time over the past 10 years, using EAP with the boys to help them to problem solve, deal with anger, work better together, and enhance their communication. Lori currently works part time in private practice, with multiple issues, including anxiety, anger management, depression, self-esteem and couples issues. She is Advanced certified has been a trainer for EAGALA’s certification program for the past 10 years. On the Equine Specialist side, Lori has been around horses her entire life. She got her first horse at the age of three, and has ridden ever since. She grew up on a farm where experiential learning was expected. (i.e “If you fall off, get back on.”) Lori also was involved in 4-H, showing, and gymkana through high school. She presently owns two horses and trail rides for pleasure.
Lynn Dorgan, LMFT
As a student of consciousness and its evolution for the past twenty years (Masters in Counseling Psychology with emphasis in Spiritual Psychology), nothing has thrilled Lynn more than the powerful healing potential in the relationship between Horse and Human. As her Marriage and Family Therapy practice moves more and more into the arena, Lynn is constantly inspired challenged, and motivated to explore the extraordinary awareness, growth, and healing that comes forth both for clients, and for herself. Lynn feels blessed to be contracted with Reins of H.O.P.E. and their H.O.P.E. for Warriors program. In these programs, work is done with youth at risk, substance abuse residential programs, and active duty military personel and their families as well as veterans. Lynn also works at the California Coastal Horse Rescue where she built an arena and an EAGALA office. Having been to multiple EAGALA trainings, conferences, workshops, and networking meetings, Lynn has found the mentoring process to be among the most rewarding. The opportunity to hone in on the SPUD'S, particularly the 'Ss, she feels has benefited her both in the arena and in her heart and soul. She wishes the same for anyone pursuing this amazing work that we do.
Lynn Moore, MA, LADC
Lynn co-founded Acres for Life in 2001 with a passion for helping others experience the healing connection between people and animals. Now in 2010, Acres has grown to an equine herd of twelve, ten facilitators, and programming that runs year-round. In addition, Lynn provides consulting services to many EAP/EAL practitioners wanting to move their businesses to the next level. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters from Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Lynn has completed her EAGALA Advanced certification. She also has over twenty years of business marketing, consulting, online training and client relationship management experience.
Niki Markogianni, MD
Niki was born in Athens, Greece into a highly educated family who always carried a great respect and love for horses and people. She studied medicine, which is a family tradition, and specialized in psychiatry (working with systems analysis, family therapy, adolescents, adults, couples and families). Niki was also trained in psychodrama and group analysis. She specialised in Sweeden in the therapy of psychosomatic problems. Niki has a lifetime of working with horses. She is a national judge of Dressage, Show Jumping, Driving, as well as an International stewart for Three day Event and Dressage. Niki is an active member for the League of Protection of Horses. She is EAGALA trained advanced level.
Patti Schlough, LCPC, LPC, NCC
Founder of PEACE, LLC (Partnering with Equine to Assist in the Counseling Experience) located in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Patti serves in either the role of an Equine Specialist or a Mental Health Specialist working with 3 Equine Specialists and a sub contracted ES and MHP. They serve families, couples, children and individuals dealing with issues of grief and loss, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and internal and external conflict. PEACE also provides EAP services for those seeking help with cancer recovery and chronic physical illness. Patti has created a Bully Prevention/ Intervention Course that has been approved by the Maryland State Department of Education for teachers seeking re-certification credit. She has also written an 8-session Bully Prevention Program using an Equine Assisted Modality for Children and Teens. Patti has worked as a case manager in a medical model providing counseling for poly-substance abusing adults in methadone maintenance outpatient clinic. She later worked as a therapist providing family therapy for the children of opiate addicted adults. She currently works full-time for Harford County Public Schools in Maryland providing individual and group counseling for students labeled with an emotional disturbance as well as those labeled as “at-risk.” Patti lives on a 40-acre farm in Red Lion, PA. that she shares with her husband, two sons, 11 horses, a few cats and one family dog.
Pia Jansen is a registered psychotherapist in Colorado and has been practicing the EAGALA model for the past 6 years with her own Healing Herd of 7 equines. Pia came to the US from The Netherlands where she had her home base for experiential modalities such as Wilderness Therapy, Alternative Highschool initiatives, solutions for incarcetated youth and peace circles for families in crisis. She is an internationally recognized educator and author on the issues of domestic violence and the correllation with animal cruelty. While in the US she co started Family Group Conferencing as a model to engage families in crisis in finding natural resources to end their cycles of violence, addiction and poverty. Pia has been involved with horses ever since she was a little girl in Holland and continues to be in awe every day of the power horses possess to heal the human spirit. She speaks fluent Dutch, German, and French. Besides the work with Families, couples and individuals in the EAGALA model, she loves to take her horses out for trail rides in the Rocky Mountains together with her husband Philip.
Rhiannon Beauregard, MA, LMFT
Rhiannon Beauregard is currently the New Hampshire 4-H Animal and Agricultural Science Education Program Coordinator for the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is EAGALA Advanced Certified and an EAGALA Mentor. With over 23 years of experience in horses, she is dually qualified as a mental health professional and equine specialist. She has been an active member in EAGALA since 2005 and has been working with animals and youth in a variety of capacities for over 15 years. She is also an AAMFT Clinical Fellow, an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, an EAGALA Mentor, a PATH International Therapeutic Horseback Riding Instructor, and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. She maintains a small private practice in New Hampshire specializing in sex therapy and equine assisted therapy. She is licensed in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York as a Marriage and Family Therapist and specializes in providing online and face-to-face sex therapy to clients. Rhiannon is still riding, driving, and showing her childhood Morgan horse and is a member of USEF, USDF, and the American Morgan Horse Association.
Shannette Keeler, LCSW
Shannette grew up in Utah and has always loved horses and the outdoors. She received her MSW in 1982 and has been in private practice since 1987. She has been a member of EAGALA for 10 years and is Advanced Certified. She currently works with Residential Treatment Centers providing EAP and also has a small EAP private practic working with a wide variety of clients. She has been married to her husband, Paul, for 30 years. They have two children. Shannette currently practices out of her facility in Plain City, Utah.
StarrLee Heady, LMHC
StarrLee has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Florida. She is in pursuit of a doctorate in Counseling Psychology and is just waiting to finish her dissertation. She has worked in Community Counseling Agencies, University settings, Substance Abuse, Employee Assistance and Private Practice. She first began facilitating groups in 1985. She grew up in Northern Wyoming and doesn’t remember a time when horses were not an important part of her life. 4-H, FFA, and local horse shows were just a normal part of life within a family with a legacy of horsemanship. She is now a Certified Horsemanship Association Instructor and lifelong equestrian. She continues to work and train horses on a daily basis as well as continuing her education in that field as well. Her husband and her own PX Equine Enterprises Inc. in Green Cove Springs, Florida where she also has a private practice in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. She was already working with an Equine Facilitated Mental Health program when she attended her first EAGALA training in February of 2001. She has been practicing the EAGALA model ever since. She has been facilitating EAGALA trainings as a contracted trainer since 2005. She believes in continued and lifetime learning personally and professionally. At any given time you may find her involved in a horsemanship training, a mental health continuing education program or even providing either of those in workshop form! Her website is www.pxequine.com.
Tracie qualified as a counselor in 2002, establishing her own counseling & training services' with her business partner Sarah. She specializes in working with challenging emotional & behavioral disorders in children and young people, working within residential establishments, pupil referral units and main stream schools for local education authorities and the private sector. Tracie’s journey with EAGALA started in August 2004, through merging her life time passion and experience with horses and her counseling profession. She achieved her Advanced Certificate in 2010. In 2004, Tracie established and facilitated a successful EAP / EAL program within a residential unit for 11 - 17 year old EBD boys. She works with individuals, groups and families addressing various issues with the aid of her trusted steeds! Tracie also delivers EAL to private, corporate, educational and NHS organizations. She achieved her advanced certification in 2010. In 2006 she co-founded a non for profit organization offering a free of charge counseling and EAP service, receiving referrals from NHS, CAMHS, Social Services, Home Start, Sure Start, G.P's, Police, Parent Support Workers and self-referrals. She offers counseling placements for students and is either the students’ line manager or supervisor. Tracie is an advocate of the EAGALA model and the huge benefits it can bring to the participants'. Now her other passion is to assist others in this formidable journey and help them achieve their goal. Tracie has presented at several of the European conferences and is a trainer for the EAGALA certification trainings.