A new approach to you


Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy


If you or your child has experienced trauma—a big, single event trauma, repeated exposure to trauma through abuse or combat, complex trauma such as living in poverty, being food insecure, or living in a household where you were made to feel unworthy—you know how deeply relationships can be impacted.

Working with horses allows us to discover exactly what it is that is making attachment so difficult.

Whether we find it difficult to set boundaries, find voice in relationships, establish trust, or struggle with self worth, working therapeutically with a horse partner can open our eyes and hearts to connection in ways that traditional therapies don’t allow.

The majority of equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is completed on the ground (i.e. not riding), though working with horses does offer the opportunity to do equine-assisted trauma processing, which is very similar to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing or EMDR, while on horseback.

Equine sessions will also include an equine professional(EP)/co-therapist on the therapy team. Both of the EP’s that I work with are master’s level mental health practitioners with decades of horse experience. The addition of an EP allows for much deeper horse work and an added clinician for couples and family work.

All equine sessions take place at South Wind Equestrian Center in Leander.

The rate for equine sessions is $175/hr in order to cover facility costs, horse care costs, my fee and fee for an equine professional/co-therapist.


Meet the Equine Professionals


Kate Van Norman