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Equine Assisted TherapyEquest Counseling CenterWhat Is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy?

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is an interactive/experiential approach to therapy. It is characterized by exploration, experimentation and spontaneity as the therapist works with clients in the arena. EAP is a collaborative effort between a therapist and a horse professional working together with the clients. As the therapist addresses clinical issues coming to surface with the client(s), the horse professional pays attention to safety issues. The goal in EAP is to generate a positive engagement with the client utilizing an experiential and animal based treatment. One of the most important benefits of EAP is that it breaks down defense barriers that are often created when a client enters a counseling session. The therapist identifies the topic or issue that the client needs to focus on (e.g. trust, patience and aggression). Once the topic is decided upon, the therapist picks an activity for the client to participate in. A related supportive activity is then initiated between the horse and client(s), which brings the primary issue to the forefront. The therapist then processes the experience with the client(s) in a traditional therapy format. EAP is a powerful tool and effective approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families and groups. EAP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs, including behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, abuse issues, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs.

Equest provides an Intensive Outpatient Program and continue offering services to children adolescents, individuals and families. We are providers for Access to Recovery for Intensive Outpatient Services for Drug and Alcohol. We offer these services to help you find new ways of coping, to discover new joy and peace in living without addictions. We can help you in assessments and to get funding for these services. As always it remains our goal to offer the communities of Northern New Mexico alternative, creative and holistic healing. We strive to provide culturally sensitive, confidential and quality mental health care.

Our Staff Consists of:

  • Equine Assisted TherapyKatrina Lujan, MA, LPC - Executive Director/Therapist
    Katrina's specialties include drug/alcohol therapy (certified in SASSI), young children (certified in CFARS), adolescents & family therapy (trained in NCFAS & Family Preservation), domestic violence, trained in play therapy & sand tray. She is currently a doctorate candidate and will be completing her Ph.D at UNM soon in Counselor Education and Educational Psychology. Katrina is the staff member who incorporates experimental therapies working outside with the horses doing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
  • Mark Boschelli, MS, LPCC, LADAC Clinical Director
    Mark's specialties include crisis response, substance abuse, qualified in the administration, scoring and interpretation of MMPI-2, SASSI-3, and ASI.
  • Wendy Goodman, MA, LMHC - Therapist
    Wendy has 23 years of experience as a grief counselor, pastoral counselor, facilitator and administrator. She is also a certified hypnotherapist and a holistic health practitioner. She enjoys doing energy work and spiritual counselor. She is a strong member of our team here at Equest.
  • Stephen Powell, MA, LMHC - Therapist
    Stephen has an extensive history of anthropology which lends insight into our culturally diverse populations served here at Equest. He has two masters' degrees, one in anthropology and the second in counseling. He runs our relaxation and de-stress groups. He is a strong member of our team here at Equest.
  • Blair Shepard, MA, LMHC - Therapist
    Blair has an MA in counseling and Art Therapy and is certified in Grief Counseling. She has trained in sand tray, play therapy and humor therapy. She has a background in teaching and has considerable experience with children. She is a strong member of our team here at Equest.