With a passion for horses and a desire to help people, equine assisted activities are the perfect fit for Katie. She has been blessed to have horses be an important part of her life and she understands their amazing ability to offer authentic partnership. Whether you are looking to establish a business action plan, need to get something off your chest or just need an embrace, the horses are always there for you. The serenity of the farm when coupled with the balance created by the horses is close to Heaven in Katie's eyes!
Katie studied early childhood, special education as well as deaf communication in college. She was introduced to Equine-Assisted Personal Development in 2009 and is now an Advanced Eagala certified and a mentor for Eagala. Katie is a certified Action & Accountablilty Coach as well as master practitioner for the Energy Leadership Index, which is on the Forbes Top 10 Coaching Tools. It is an assessment that enable you to understand your perceptions, attitudes, behaviors and leadership capabilities. Katie coaching skills combined with the power of the horses, drives clients across the finish line in life and business!
Eagala is an international non-profit established in 1999, with over 2500 member in 40 countries. It has set the standards for professional excellence, in how horses and humans work together, to improve the quality of life and mental health of individuals, families and groups worldwide. Watch a Vimeo on Eagala.
Eagala has a distinctive, experiential framework, designed to allow clients the latitude to discover, learn and grow from the horse-human relationship. WE abide by Eagala's Standards:
1.) Activities are Ground Based (No riding or horsemanship needed)
This is the safest and most respectful approach to working with horses; they are able to make their own choices as are our clients.
2.) Team Approach
Horses, a Licensed Mental Health Professionals & an Equine Specialist are in EVERY session
Sessions are future-focused and seek solutions rather than focusing on problems. Watch a Vimeo on Solution Oriented Sessions
4.) Adhere to a Stick Code of Ethics
Clients are the experts in their life and have the answers. WE offer a safe place for a client's story to emerge. The tranquility of the farm and hands-on approach allow a client to take a deep restorative breath of fresh air and find both peace and inner resilience.
WE practices the Eagala model for all our sessions.
Horses have been a part of Mary's life since the age of six. Growing up, she enjoyed dressage and combined training. In college, she taught English riding at summer camps in western North Carolina and middle Tennessee. At age 22, Mary sold her Morgan horse to study at Duke Divinity School and pursue ordination in the United Methodist Church.
In 2004, Mary completed a Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Psychotherapy. She is a North Carolina Certified Pastoral Counselor. Her work includes psychodynamic therapy with individuals, couples, families and groups. Mary has a private practice in Huntersville and accepts private pay, BCBS-NC and AHO. She is an adjunct faculty member of Davidson Centre of the Professions (davcp.org). She holds degrees from Centre College, Duke Divinity School and Graduate Theological Foundation. Mary is also certified in Adult, Child, and Infant CPR/AED.
Mary found the Eagala model to be a perfect integration of blending her love for both horses and the art of psychotherapy. Keeping her boots in her car for any horse or barn related opportunity; Mary enjoys staying active with her husband, two daughters and two dogs!
Maria has always had a passion for helping children, teens, individuals, couples and families cope with difficulties in their lives. Her desire to help clients experience healing and life change through faith-centered therapy.
Maria is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a MA in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She has attended the Advanced Eagala training as well.
Maria has experience in working with a wide range of struggles to include depression, anxiety, stress, communication, martial affairs, divorce, childhood trauma and teen issues. Maria is Level II Certified through Eagala, EMDR trained, DBT trained and Prepare/Enrich Certified Facilitator. Maria is a partner in Living Well Counseling Associates (LWCA), and her office is in Kannapolis, NC. She accepts private pay and BCBS-NC.
Samantha has over 10 years of counseling practice experience in school and alternative settings. She received her BA in Psychology from University of Southern Maine and earned her MA in School Counseling from Gardner-Webb University. Samantha was a mental health professional in a crisis stabilization unit and a mobile outreach program before moving to North Carolina to work as a line-in wilderness counselor for an alternative adventure based at-risk youth program. More recently she was employed as a counselor and program coordinator with the Iredell-Statesville schools.
Samantha has received intensive training in clinical trauma, Gestalt Therapy and Reality Therapy / Choice Theory. She also incorporates play therapy, motivational interviewing, functional behavior assessments / Positive Behavior and EMDR. Sam recently received her clinincal trauma and military counselor certification. This variety of modalities and technique is used on your journey in designing and achieving your personal holistic wellness.
Samantha's office location is in Davidson, NC. She accepts private pay, BCBS-NC, CBHA, Magellan, Medcost and Aetna.
Animal assisted therapy has been a passion of Julia's since getting her MA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has lived in Tennessee, Louisiana, California, Virginia, and plans on staying in North Carolina after finding her true passion. Julia has been working professionally with horses for since 2014. She enjoys working with animals to help people understand and cope with their trauma or situations, because she has seen what it has done not only for others, but herself. Sharing this type of experience of healing with others are not only considered exciting to Julia, but an honor. She enjoys educating people on Eagala and animal assisted therapy.
Julia works with adolescents, young adults and adult clients with a range of mental health and other life problems. She has background in working with severe and persistent mental illnesses, domestic violence, relationships and more. Julia is a true believer of the Eagala model and incorporates her Gestalt and other therapeutic ideologies into her sessions. A big philosophy Julia has in counseling is incorporating what people enjoy into session. She is part of Davidson Family Therapy and her office is in Davidson, NC. She accepts private pay, BCBS-NC and Aetna. Read her Blog