Welcome to Equibliss psychotherapy! My practice is founded on creating a safe space for you to work on your most authentic, whole and healthy self. Aside from being a traditional mental health counselor for the last 9 years, I have also been working as an equine assisted psychotherapist for the past 6 years.
In addition to a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, I hold a two-year post graduate certification in Gestalt Equine Psychotherapy. It also included extensive training in Trauma-Focused Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (Natural Lifemanship Model), Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Relational Cultural Therapy.
While I have mostly focused on counseling adolescents and adult individuals in the recovery from eating disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues, I strongly believe in the importance finding your voice, acceptance of self, and awareness in the relational and cultural patterns influencing us.
Horses have had a strong influence in my life, and believe in the relational, mind-body and spiritual transformation that occurs in their presence. I take an experiential and relational approach, focused on mindfulness and self-discovery facilitated by our equine friends and teachers. I believe that the relationship with the horses will also help you deepen your relationship with yourself, not only in recovery, but way beyond.
Collaboration is an important aspect of my work, so I partner with horses at the Muse and Spirit Open Equestrian program. Part of the proceeds go towards the Spirit program, a non-profit PATH-certified organization offering therapeutic riding programs for individuals of all ages and backgrounds. You can access their information here: http://www.spiritequestrian.org/.
Lastly, I am a full time faculty member with Marymount University, teaching counseling courses at both masters and doctoral levels.