Trainers - EAGALA

Ray Anschel

Ray was a teacher of writing and literature for 40 years and served in numerous educational leadership roles. He holds a Master’s Degree and was the recipient of Normandale College’s Teacher of the Year Award and the University of Texas’s National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Award for Excellence (NISOD). Ray is Advanced Certified and has facilitated Eagala sessions for 13 years in Minnesota (Acres for Life, Park Avenue, HOPE Ranch). He has been… Read Full Post

Amy Blossom

Amy Blossom Bio Amy Blossom, MA, LPC, NCC, Eagala Advanced Certified, Eagala Trainer has been certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (Eagala), since 1999.  Her lifetime of horse ownership, training, and barn management experience, combined with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, corporate development and human resources experience, as well as her extensive volunteer roles through her lifetime, have given her the necessary tools to be recognized as an effective… Read Full Post

Mary Ann Brewer

Certified in ‘06; Advanced Certified in ‘10 and a mentor in 2012. Co-founder of In the Company of Horses Inc, Mary Ann co-facilitates alongside many mental health professionals and her own six horses as well as many horses belonging to others. She assists many different ages and populations of clients both private and with institutions. Although a graduate of horsemanship school, Mary Ann helps people all over the world in person and online through Relationship… Read Full Post

Mickey DiGiacomo

Mickey has spent her lifetime in the equine industry from 4-H to training and showing horses, to then fifteen years spent as a jockey, riding in ten different states on the east coast. Moving to CA to finish out her race career, she eventually left the racetrack and created a riding program for a residential treatment facility in Northern CA for emotionally disturbed boys – Sierra Boys Ranch, where she also worked as a residential… Read Full Post

Jimmy Downs

Director of the CWA Union Assistance Program for over 25 years assessing and referring Verizon workers and their families to inpatient and outpatient mental health or substance abuse treatment in New York City and the surrounding counties in New York State. 2003 joined Liberty Behavioral Health as a Regional Representative for Union Workers in the tri-state area referring clients to Arms Acres in Carmel, NY, Conifer Park in Glenville, NY and Holliswood Psychiatric Hospital in… Read Full Post

Debra Farber

Debra is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of New Jersey and a National Certified Counselor. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts from Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey; a Master’s in Communication and Information Studies from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey; and a Master’s in Counseling from Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey. First certified by EAGALA IN 2009 and Advance Certified in 2012, some of her participants in equine assisted services have included:… Read Full Post

Tracie Holroyd

Tracie qualified as a Person-Centred Counsellor in 2002, gaining her British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapist’s Accreditation in 2007. In 2002, with her business partner Sarah they established Tamworth Counselling Services Ltd, a private company securing contracts within Local Education Authorities to implement counselling services within the Pupil Referral Units (PRU’s) within several authorities, working with young people with Emotional & Behavioural Issues. TCS Ltd then expanded to Residential Units for EBD disorders. TCS Ltd… Read Full Post

Brenda B Hunter

Brenda B. Hunter, M.A., LPC (WI), LCPC (IL) has 25+ years of experience providing therapeutic, supervisory, and administrative services in mental health in her roles as mental health therapist, clinical supervisor, program manager, and clinical director working with non-profit organizations. Prior to her supervisory and administrative roles, she had over 10 years of direct clinical experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups with a diverse array of mental health, trauma, and substance use disorders… Read Full Post

Lori Larson

I have been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1999. I have experience working with Individuals, Families and Groups, both in private practice and in the Non-profit sector. My experience is varied. Issues I have treated include: anxiety, depression, teen issues, self-esteem and family communication. I have specialized in treating clients who have experienced trauma for the past 10 years. I have always used an experiential approach to therapy, and believe that my clients… Read Full Post

Patti Mandrell

Patti Mandrell, M.Ed, LPC is cofounder and Executive Director of Refuge Services in Lubbock, Texas. Prior, Patti served as Program Director for a residential treatment center for girls with eating disorders in south Texas. Patti was the first professional counselor to be nationally certified in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) in the state of Texas, and she and her husband, Randy, were among the first group to reach highest training status within EAP in the country. She… Read Full Post

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