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.
Stephanie McBride, MA
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
Carina Kellenberger LCSW, MSW, AASW
Carina Kellenberger is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Colorado native, who has a lifetime of experience working with horses. She received her Masters Degree and certification in Animal Assisted Social Work from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work in 2012 and her bachelors degree from the University of Colorado in Psychology in 2006. She has a unique approach to working with clients that combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Relational Therapy and Natural Lifemanship's model of Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP). Her method focuses on allowing for safe and unique learning opportunities, where clients can explore their boundaries, personal awareness, safety, and relationship patterns. Treatment also focuses on neurodevelopment and recovery which is made possible though the rhythmic movement and tactile experiences that working with horses provides. Carina works with individuals, youth and families who are experiencing trauma, difficulty in life transitions, relationships, and behaviors.
Ingvild is a 3rd Year Graduate Student at Naropa University in the Mindfulness- Based Transpersonal Counseling Program. She is passionate about bridging the powerful healing abilities of horses with clinical counseling work - and have witnessed some truly remarkable results with this work already. Ingvild has completed the Equine Therapy trainings and is now eager to learn more and to dive deeper within this field. Ingvild holds a transpersonal lens and loves to see miracles unfold with the help of our own inner resources and the natural forces that surround us; including nature and animals. She is a strong advocate of personal development, mindfulness, holistic healing and always encourages her clients to seek the answers from within. Ingvild enjoys the process of engaging our senses and paying attention to our somatic responses in the present moment. Ingvild offers her whole presence with kindness, encouragement and a gentle approach. She is excited to be part of the team at Medicine Horse Program and hope to help, learn and grow as much as possible during her time here.
Francesca is a third year graduate student of Naropa University in the Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Psychology program. As an intern at Medicine Horse, Francesca is available for both in person and Telehealth services. In addition you may work with Francesca in either one-on-one or group equine assisted psychotherapy. They are looking forward to working with diverse people of all ages and from all walks of life. Francesca is also a passionate member and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.
Francesca utilizes a transpersonal lens and seeks to encourage each individual on their unique journey towards wellness. They have spent the last year learning and flourishing with the Medicine Horse heard, growing to care for every member dearly. Francesca has come to believe that working with horses is a wonderful life-changing experience that can hopefully be shared with everyone
Casey is a 3rd year graduate student in the Masters of Social Work program, through Boise State University. Her love for horses began at an early age and guided her from childhood, all the way through her teenage years. Throughout that time she had the chance to witness, as well as personally experience, the powerful therapeutic benefits that horses have to offer humans and is now eager to share the magic of horses with her clients. Casey is an advocate and member of the LGBTQ+ community and is passionate about helping to empower all people
to find their authentic selves. Casey uses a strengths-based, trauma informed approach when working with clients and has recently completed a Level 1 - Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching training. She is excited to learn more about blending the powerful healing abilities of the horse into a therapeutic setting and is thrilled to be part of the Medicine Horse team.