Colorado Equine Specialists are all equine professionals certified in the Eagala model. We provide professional, educated, and ethical equine specialists in the equine-assisted therapy field. Being held to such a high standard sets the bar for mental health professionals, knowing their practice and their clients are receiving the best services possible.
The Eagala model provides a standard and structure for providing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning sessions. Practicing within a model establishes a foundation of key values and beliefs, and provides a basis of good practice and professionalism. The Eagala model provides a framework of practice, but within that framework, there are infinite opportunities for creativity and adaptability to various therapeutic and facilitating styles.
The Aspen Effect builds resiliency in youth with a unique horse environment, a caring mentor team and a strength-based approach. Programs include Mini Horse Leadership School, Healing Horse Connections, Goat Pen Life Training and the Ranch Hand Leadership Academy. Just as there is currently a quiet crisis playing out in our US forests as huge numbers of trees succumb to drought, disease, insects and wildfire, there is a growing youth crisis in Colorado. Colorado ranks 43rd out of all US states in combined metrics of suicide rate, mental health issues, death from drug overdoses. We also share a tragic history of mass shootings by marginalized people. For children and youth ages 11 and up.
Through Gestalt Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Family Intensives, and Relational Horsemanship, my goal is to help create beautiful relationships. For over 40 years I have been successfully guiding clients and students toward a more authentic and empowered way of living. I offer therapy sessions, parenting and human development classes, and a variety of therapeutic and horsemanship workshops (single and multi-day) throughout Colorado and the Front Range. Many I speak with share that they desire more connection with themselves and those they love, more connection with their horse, and more connection with the natural world. I have dedicated my life to facilitating the recovery and deepening of such relationships. My passion and gift is providing a path for this to occur, so take a deep breath, and let us begin on this path together...