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 has been incorporating EAP for almost 23 years and a therapist from over 25 years. She has been an Eagala trainer for over 18 years. Patti received her master’s degree in counseling at Texas Tech University. She has been spotlighted and interviewed in numerous state, national, and international publications and broadcastings promoting the use of EAP when working with various client populations. She is the author of the internationally known textbook “Introduction to Equine Assisted Psychotherapy,” which is currently used in several colleges and universities around the world.