It takes a dedicated team to help ensure the continuing success of Medicine Horse. These individuals continue to offer their time and energy to help take Medicine Horse to the next level.
Joan Rieger, MA, LPC, Program Coordinator
Joan is a licensed psychotherapist with her Masters in Counseling from Naropa University (2001). She is currently in private practice in Lafayette, CO specializing in trauma & abuse, attachment issues, couples counseling, depression, and grief. She offers equine psychotherapy to individuals and couples. Joan is also the co-founder of the Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies and a faculty member at the Gestalt Institute of the Rockies. Prior to becoming a therapist, Joan spent 10 years in customer business development at Procter & Gamble. Once a therapist, she worked extensively with families and adolescents as the clinical director at a wilderness therapy program. She was also the clinical supervisor for Medicine Horse Program, and an adjunct faculty member for Naropa University. Joan has traveled to Australia, New Zealand and England to co-facilitate trainings and teach the Gestalt Equine Psychotherapy model. Joan is certified as a Gestalt therapist from the Gestalt Institute of the Rockies, and trained in Level 1 Somatic Experiencing.
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Alison McCabe, BA, BEd, GEP, MS (2017)
Alison McCabe is a registered psychotherapist, certified Gestalt Equine Psychotherapist (2013), and internship student (MS, Prescott College, 2017). She has over four years of working with teens in residential treatment, their families, and individuals. She offers equine sessions for individuals, couples, and families that are struggling with relationships, self-confidence, compulsive or addictive behaviors and patterns, and parent-child conflicts. She and the horses work together to bring unconscious patterns and beliefs to awareness, create a more compassionate and empowered relationship to those patterns, and learn to move with and through the blocks. She offers a loving, humorous, and emphatic presence, as well as a deep love and respect for what the horses have to offer.
Nyle Biondi, MS LMFT
Nyle has been practicing psychotherapy since 2007 and has worked with horses since he was a kid. He started at MHP as a volunteer in 2015 and accepted the role of the Program Director in 2016. He enjoys being at Medicine Horse Program where he gets to combine his love of horses and nature with his passion for therapy.
Nyle's gentle and laid back approach make him well-suited for a wide variety of issues and populations. Nyle has a specific focus on working with transgender and other LGBQ+ clients, teenagers, and people with developmental disabilities. He also works well with people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and emotion regulation.
For more information about Nyle please visit his website: www.bluesagetransitions.com or send him an email:
Stephanie McBride, MA, Registered Psychotherapist
Stephanie is passionate about fostering a relationship with horses and nature that supports connection, embodiment, and empowerment. Stephanie is a registered psychotherapist and a graduate from the Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy masters program at Naropa University. Steph has completed various Equine Therapy trainings and uses connection and nervous system regulation as the mechanism that drives growth after trauma. Since joining the team at Medicine Horse in January 2017, Stephanie has helped individuals, couples, and families become more connected in relationship.
What happens during a session with Stephanie is shaped by what the client brings in and needs. Clients are invited to pay attention to the present moment, to take in the experience of being outside with the horses, and to integrate that learning into their lives. Stephanie draws from experience with body work, wilderness therapy training, and a lifelong connection to horses to help nurture clients’ connection to their body, their authentic self, and to their world.
Learn more about Steph’s approach at ReRootTherapy.com
Michèle is earning a master's degree from the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW), focusing on Mental Health and Animal Assisted Social Work. A former Human Resources Director in the high tech industry, Michèle relished the opportunity to coach and counsel people in the workplace. A natural encourager, she returned to school after realizing the favorite part of her job was being part of a person's growth process rather than the business end of HR. Before coming to Medicine Horse, Michèle volunteered as horse handler for a PATH-certified hippotherapy center in Texas, working with people with physical, cognitive, and occupational disabilities. The client transformations she witnessed there inspired her to seek out a master's program offering animal-assisted interventions in mental health. Michèle uses a combination of warmth and humor in her approach with clients and is available to work with teens, emerging adults (ages 18-25), and adults dealing with depression, abuse, anxiety, life changes trauma, and stress. As an intern, Michèle's services are offered at a discounted rate.
Contact Michèle at email@example.com.