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List of EAGALA Approved Mentors

EAGALA Approved Mentors for this mentoring program have obtained their EAGALA Advanced Certification and go through an application and training (including ongoing training) process. The list of approved mentors is below - you may request a mentor(s) and the request will be honored if the mentor is available.

Note: mentors and the mentoring program does not qualify as clinical supervision which may be required by licensing boards.

Click on the links below to read bios of the EAGALA Model client work approved mentors:

Mentors that can qualify as Both Equine Specialist and Mental Health Professional

Amanda GrahamAmanda 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 O'BrienAnn O’Brien
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 RicaldeAnnie 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 PrantlCarina Prantl (Carina Prantl spricht fließend Deutsch und Englisch)
Carina is a Mentor for German Language and Advanced Certified. As a MH she is a Live- and Social counselor after Austrian Law (psychologische Beratung) and ES as she has worked with horses for over 35 years, focusing on Natural Horsemanship and training horses. After discovering EAGALA, Carina focused on the EAP/EAL work. Since her EAGALA Training in 2004 she works as MH and ES with different Teampartners and a variety of clients. Her working field is the social world with families and adolescents on one side and the corporate world with groups and single sessions on the other side. She also offers Supervision for Live- and Socialcounselor Trainees. Carina is used to work with different horses at different Locations because the Groups are spread over the country. 
She whole-heartedly believes in the EAGALA Model and the work humans and horses do here. She was Networkkoordinator in Austria for many years and still is active Part of the Austrian Networking since exchange and learning from each other is what she finds important for the personal development in her own professional work. Carina has run her own business since 2004.
Carole HarrisCarole Harris, 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 HarrisonCoral Harrison, PTSTA, CTA is a UKCP registered Child and Adult Psychotherapist. She is also a supervisor. Coral is Advanced Certificated with EAGALA and has a special interest in trauma. She has been working as part of an EAGALA certified program since 2005. Her specialist areas are working with 'at risk' children & young people, attachment issues, bereavement, behavioural problems, depression, sexual abuse & trauma. Coral has over 30 years' experience with horses and has trained in natural horsemanship. She works in a beautiful rural setting in North Cumbria, UK. Coral is passionate about the EAGALA model. She enjoys supporting practitioners to develop their skills & confidence through the mentoring program.

Ellie WilliamsEllie 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 EAGALA. In 2007, Ellie made the decision to leave a very successful career, in order to pursue her goals of providing equine-assisted psychotherapy 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 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.

Helen SorensenHelen Sorensen
Helen has been involved with horses all her life and from a young age began competing in pony club and showing in the areas of eventing, dressage and showjumping. She trained as a coach with the BHS and with the RDAA and PCAQ as a coach and coach educator and assessor. She was a co founder of the Palmwoods Riding for the Disabled Associaton, a charity which ran for nearly 30 years on her family property. In 2002 she became interested in the EAGALA model and in 2004 gained certification in Canada. On returning co founded a charity " Gracefull Strides" which was centered around the EAGALA model. She gained her counselling qualifications in 2005 and her advanced certification with EAGALA in 2012. Helen now runs "Equine Alliance" from her family property in Palmwoods, Qld, Australia where the family also breed arabs.
Joy Nussen TimsitJoy Nussen Timsit, LMFT
Joy completed her undergraduate studies in 1984 at the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She completed her post graduate studies in 1988, from California State University at Northridge with a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology. Joy has been licensed since 1991 to practice as a Marriage, Family & Child Psychotherapist in the state of California. She worked for many years with adolescents in group home settings, both in Florida and California, and served as a licensed clinical case manager for 12 years in the behavioral health insurance industry. Joy has provided mental health services for individuals of varying ages and cultures struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma and addiction to substances.
Joy began her EAGALA journey in 2006 and in 2009, created 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, became an EAGALA Mentor two years later and now offers a variety of services for other equine assisted therapy professionals (see services tab for details).
Joy maintains an office-based practice in Laguna Hills, CA
Lori LarsonLori 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 DorganLynn 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 MooreLynn 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 MarkogianniNiki 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 SchloughPatti 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 JansenPia 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 BeauregardRhiannon 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 KeelerShannette 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.
Tracie HolroydTracie Holroyd
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.

Equine Specialist (ES) Mentors

Annie TidmarshAnnie Tidmarsh
Annie trained and worked as a psychiatric nurse and also completed Counselling skills Course. Her main interests have always been the outdoors and horses and she worked in Outdoor Centres as ‘Matron’ in charge of health aspects of attendees and also part-time instructor in rock-climbing and sailing. Her horse experience goes back to childhood. She has worked with a variety of breeds of ponies and horses in Endurance, Eventing, Hunting and in Carriage Driving Trials and showing, both as a groom and navigator at trials in UK and France. She has enjoyed the experience of both successfully training, producing and competing with her own horses in driving trials, long distance riding and long distance driving (silver award winner). The aim was always to finish with a fit to continue, happy horse. Focusing on that was what brought success rather than a competitive spirit. She has a British Driving Society Certificate in carriage driving and stable management. She is also a qualified complementary equine and human therapist and trained in saddlery. She was certified with EAGALA in 2002 and has worked with child and adult clients, individuals, couples, families, youth and professional groups while in private practice with her husband David in Winds of Change. She and David hosted the first training in Europe in 2003, and since then, they have been instrumental in the growth and development of EAGALA and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning in Europe and beyond. She is an EAGALA trainer.
Fernando CorderoFernando Cordero (Habla Español)
Fernando Cordero studied Biology and after High Level Business Management in Mexico. He worked 20 years with transnational corporations and currently he has a partnership, TAAC, which conducts EAGALA EAL and EAP sessions, and he works with PAE where he uses EAGALA to work with child trafficking, addictions, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Fernando also runs his own horse transportation business. He has a strong commitment to work as an Equine Specialist and share his knowledge and experience with horses to help other people. Fernando also works as an EAGALA trainer in the certification training program.

Helen ShawHelen Shaw
Helen Shaw has worked with horses for over 30 years and has BHS, PNH, HSA qualifications and Advanced EAGALA certification as an Equine Specialist. She worked in Canada with underprivileged youth at the Double R Ranch introducing the participants to horses. She is the founding principal of Equine Insight Inc. based in the Macedon Ranges in Victoria. Equine Insight is a charitable organization with the main focus being 'at risk youth'. Helen is currently studying counselling.
Holly OhlsonHolly Ohlson
Holly Ohlson is an active member of EAGALA’s Australasia region. She has over 40 years of professional experience training horses, coaching riders, and competing internationally. Holly immigrated to Australia from Southern California in 1988 to train horses and coach riders. She became EAGALA Certified in 2008 and started Horse Sense for Humans. She currently works with a psychologist and a psychiatrist to deliver EAGALA Model EAP/EAL programs to a variety of client populations. Holly has organized the EAGALA Pacific Horse Safety and Well-being Focus Group in 2011, producing two EAGALA Conference Presentations: “Horse Welfare” and “Safety and Risk Management.” Holly became an Eagala Advanced Certified ES in 2014 and has participated in two advanced trainings. She is currently a member of the Eagala Ethics Committee.
Jimmy DownesJimmy Downes
Jimmy is the founder of Relatively Stable, LLC providing EAGALA model EAP & EAL on his farm in Sandy Hook, CT.  He retired from Verizon Corporation after 31 years and was the director of the CWA Local 1101 Union Assistance Program for over 25 years.   Jimmy currently works for Liberty Behavioral Management which owns and manages Arms Acres , Conifer Park Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities and the Holliswood Psychiatric hospital in New York City.  He has owned horses for the last 27 years and was a part time wrangler at Malibu Dude Ranch.  He provided horse care and was a trail guide at Green Chimneys in Brewster, NY and was a barn manager at Trails End Riding Center in Putnam Valley, NY.  Jim has been an EAGALA equine specialist at Pal-O-Mine Equestrian working with sexually abused children.  Last year he introduced the EAGALA model to the Military Wellness Program at Holliswood Pyschiatric Hospital as well as for the substance abuse clients at Arms Acres Treatment Facility. He is advanced certified and an EAGALA trainer. 
Katie StankiewskiKatherine Stankiewicz
Katie is the owner of Mind, Body & Sole Equine Care, which offers horse and human wellness. Katie was introduced to EAGALA in 2009, with an eye-opening experience that ignited a fire! She saw the EAGALA Model as a unique, highly beneficial approach to overcoming obstacles and moving forward, which is exactly what she did. Katie quickly became certified and completed her Advanced certification in 2016. She feels blessed to work with 3 different therapists on a weekly basis with a variety of clients. She is a certified leadership coach, who works with individuals and corporation at her farm, and is also the EAGALA networking coordinator for Western NC. Katie continues to attend networking meetings and as many trainings as possible. Her hope for each session is for all to feel an open relationship, where everyone works together, allowing for instruction and guidance. Of great importance to Katie is a learning environment that truly shares the experiences afforded by their work. Her desire is to assist you in exploring and expanding your journey. The rewards of EAGALA are many and fostering your understanding and growth as well as the integrity of the EAGALA community is her goal as a mentor.
Mark LytleMark Lytle
Mark earned his AAS in Equine Science at Martin Community College in 1991. He began a career training Arabian horses on the national circuit. He has been working as a horse professional for 20 years. He began working with at-risk youth in a residential setting as an educational counselor for sexually reactive and abusive youth. He oversaw the education and day treatment programs that included experiential ropes course therapy and developed the EAGALA model program for Hand Up Homes for Youth, Inc. He is on the Board of Directors for the local saddle club association, a 4-H Horse and Pony Club leader and member of the NC Horse Council. In 2005, he opened his own Eagala outpatient company; along with his wife Becky called Head, Heart, Hands, and Horses. 
Mary Ann BrewerMaryAnn Brewer
MaryAnn is an Advance Certified Equine Specialist learning naturally from her herd of nine horses which include seven mares, one gelding, and one stallion. MaryAnn has traveled extensively and has been facilitating EAP sessions with her horses since 2006. More than 8000 people come through her arena to date. MaryAnn has lived in New Jersey (where the state animal is the horse!) my whole life. She has studied Horsemanship, Team Management and Team Leadership, KungFu , Communication, and Yoga. She is also the mother of three grown sons and she loves trail riding. 
Mickey DiGiacomoMickey DiGiacomo
EAGALA Advanced certified, Mickey has spent her lifetime in the equine industry and on the thoroughbred racetrack circuit, serving ten years as a jockey. Retiring from the track, she created a riding program for Sierra Boys Ranch, a residential treatment facility for emotionally disturbed boys. She received EAGALA certification in September 2000, transforming their equine component into the EAGALA Model. After contracting as an EAGALA trainer since 2004, Mickey was the Program Director for EAGALA for ten years and currently serves as the USA/Canada Regional Director. Mickey has 17 years of experience providing EAGALA model sessions with residential at-risk youth, family work including reunification, trauma, PTSD, grief, addictions, foster/adoption children/families, homeless women and military groups.
Pam StoddardPam Stoddard
Pam has been around horses on and off for most of her life, having received her first horse at age 11. She earned her Advanced Certification with EAGALA in 2010, after beginning her studies with the organization in 2001. She's been blessed to live with her EAL/EAP equine partners anywhere from 12-20 years. Equine studies came from many sources; clinics, books, videos, demonstrations, audits, and trial and error. All told, her greatest teachers have been the horses themselves... and trial and error! To ensure a better understanding of what transpires in the arena with the clients, therapist, as well as herself, she's been studying psychology, especially neuropsychology, when/however she has the opportunity.
Randy MandrellRandy Mandrell
Randy is the Co-founder of REFUGE Services, a Christian non-profit organization that provides outpatient EAP services to Lubbock, TX and surrounding communities. He is the Director of equine services, managing Refuge’s 40 acre equestrian facility with over 20 horses. Prior to this, he was the equine director for a residential treatment center for girls with eating disorders in south Texas. He has been practicing EAP for 10 years working with primarily adolescents, families, and couples. Having 30 years of experience with horses, 13 years of experience as a professional trainer and farrier, he was recognized by EAGALA as “Outstanding Horse Professional” in 2001 for the superior work with clients and collaboration with other therapists in his community. He is also a trainer for EAGALA certification trainings.
Ray AnschelRay Anschel
Ray has been a teacher of writing and literature for 40 years and has served in numerous leadership roles. He holds a Master's Degree and is the recipient of Normandale's Teacher of the Year Award and the University of Texas's National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Award for Excellence (NISOD). He has been an ES at Acres for Life in Chisago City, MN since 2010. Ray also serves as EAGALA's Network Coordinator for Minnesota as well as coordinator for Operation Sanctuary, an initiative to provide equine services for veterans and their families. He is passionate about this work and its power to change the lives of both client and facilitator; he marvels at the countless "miracles" that show themselves in the pasture each day. Ray is a life-long learner, loves working with horses and people, and is committed to growing personally and professionally and helping others do the same. Ray is Advanced Certified.
Sharon BoyceSharon Boyce
First and foremost I am a horse lover and I fundamentally believe that horses can help people. I am currently traveling through a course and profession where I began in psychology, moved away from that and worked in the field of therapeutic riding, then returned to psychology through the EAGALA model. My formal education has been within Research and Clinical Psychology, although I am not a registered therapist. I have many years of experience both formally and informally working with horses. Despite this I am always curious to learn more from and about the horse. Horses have assisted me in achieving my childhood dream of competing on an international platform. I received my SA national colours for Combined carriage driving and more recently they have assisted me to become an international trainer in the EAGALA model. In my classical equitation training so much emphasis was placed on what I must teach the horse and through EAP I have been fascinated by what the horses can teach us. I was amazed at how how often we don't recognize the communication from the horse, thus missing some very important lessons. I have ridden competitively in eventing, dressage and jumping as well as driven singles, pairs and teams. One thing I have learned is that if I cannot make a team of four horses do something they don't want to then I can listen, watch, and marvel when they decide to go the same way I do. It is all about intent!

Mental Health (MH) Mentors

Beth AvolioBeth Avolio, Ph.D.
Beth Avolio received her Ph.D. in Psychology from The University of Akron in 1982. For many years she worked in university counseling, hospital settings, various community agencies and private practice and provided supervision for doctoral level students as well as psychological testing, individual and group therapy. In 2003 she abandoned those settings when she discovered the joys of working in an arena and has never looked back. She was proudly involved with Take Flight Farms in Omaha, NE for six years before a recent relocation to the Seattle area where she is currently setting up a practice in equine assisted therapy. Beth has worked with teens and children in in-patient residential treatment settings as well as teens in alternative school placements and children in foster care. This has been both individual and group therapy. She has facilitated groups with eating disordered youth and individual sessions with young adults in residential treatment preparing for transition to independent living. In addition, she ran an ongoing group for older teens and young adults with substance abuse disorders. She has facilitated corporate programs and programs for college students in team building and leadership skills as well as programs designed to help train physicians in better communication skills and more effective nonverbal communication with patients.

Deb FarberDebra G. Farber, LPC, NCC
Debra is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania as well as a National Certified Counselor. She has a Master’s in Counseling from Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ and Master’s in Communication and Information Studies from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Debra is Advance Certified by (EAGALA). She provides EAP services to individuals and groups addressing issues of: addiction; grief; depression; anxiety; post-traumatic stress; adjustment and other mental health issues. EAL services have been provided in the areas of team building; organizational restructuring; and staff development. Beginning in 2016, Debra began participating in a research project with Columbia University in which she provides equine assisted psychotherapy to veterans with post traumatic stress disorder.

Patti MandrellPatti Mandrell, M. Ed., LPC
Patti is a Co-Founder of REFUGE Services, a Christian non-profit organization that provides outpatient EAP services to Lubbock, TX and surrounding communities. She serves as director of therapy services supervising other therapists, horse professionals, volunteers, and intern students. Prior, she had served as a program director for a residential treatment center for girls with eating disorders in south Texas. She was the first professional counselor to be nationally certified by EAGALA in the state of Texas. Her husband, Randy, and her were among the first group to reach the EAGALA Advanced Certified status in the country. She has been incorporating EAP for 10 years and has been a therapist for over 11years. She received her master’s counseling degree at Texas Tech University. She has been spotlighted and interviewed in numerous local, state, and national publications and television broadcastings promoting the use of EAP when working with families and children. She has published numerous EAP curriculums for working with children and couples as well as author of the EAGALA endorsed textbook on EAP “Introduction to Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy.” Patti also serves as a trainer for EAGALA’s certification trainings.

Ulla Frederiksen, M.A., LLPEAGALA mentor & trainer, Ulla is a Limited Licensed Psychologist in the state of Michigan, a license she has held since 1993. She has owned and operated her current private practice, The Sundance Center, since 2001. Her humanistic, experiential & client-centered training at the Michigan School for Professional Psychology has been a perfect fit for the EAGALA certification process. She was certified in 2001, obtained her advanced certification and has served as an EAGALA trainer since 2009. In her private practice, she works with outpatient adolescents, adults, couples and families, with a range of diagnoses including trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, bi-polar, dissociative & personality disorders. She also really enjoys supporting Highly Sensitive People turn their sensitivities into assets. Ulla and her husband, Fred live with their therapeutic herd of seven horses in the beautiful wine country of South West Michigan.