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.
Alison McCabe, Hon. B.A, B.Ed., GEP, M.S.
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Alison McCabe is a registered psychotherapist and certified Gestalt Equine Psychotherapist. She has over ten 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, chronic health issues, trauma, 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 that are held in the body and the mind. She offers a loving, humorous, and emphatic presence, as well as a deep love and respect for what the horses have to offer.
LCSW, MSW, AASW
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Carina Kellenberger is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Colorado native, who has a lifetime of experience working with horses. She received her master's degree and certification in Animal Assisted Social Work from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work in 2012 and her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado 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.
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Casey is a graduate of the Masters of Social Work program through Boise State University and also holds a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Science from Oregon State University.
Their love for horses began at an early age and guided them from childhood through their teen years. Throughout that time Casey experienced the powerful impact that horses have on humans and is now eager to share with clients the therapeutic benefits that horses offer to us. Casey and the horses offer an understanding, nonjudgmental space for clients to explore their inner and outer world as they work on their therapeutic goals by using an in-the-moment, strengths-based, trauma informed approach with clients. Additionally, Casey was a past Medicine Horse intern and has also completed a Level 1 Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching training from the Academy for Coaching with Horses. Casey is an advocate and member of the LGBTQ+ community and is passionate about helping to empower all people to allow their true authentic selves to shine through. Casey enjoys working with clients ranging from children, teenagers and their families, as well as adults; anyone who wants to work through some of life's difficulties so that they can find harmony in life and relationships or better understand behaviors that may be affecting their life will find working with Casey and the horses to be beneficial. Casey is currently accepting individual clients and families and also facilitates some of the groups at Medicine Horse.
Sarah Nicholson, LPCC
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Sarah is a graduate of Naropa University where she studied Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling. She completed a yearlong internship here at Medicine Horse where she learned a variety of equine therapeutic approaches.
Sarah knows that navigating our lives can be incredibly challenging and sometimes we just need support while we’re figuring it out. She holds the belief that when we have a history of trauma things like relationships can become confusing and hard to understand. They might even feel unsafe. And when we don’t have a strong connection with ourselves, connecting with others can feel overwhelming. We might lose ourselves in someone else, or we might experience the push and pull of wanting to be close, but not knowing how.
Together with the herd, you will have the opportunity to explore behaviors, patterns, and long-held beliefs in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Sarah knows firsthand that there is freedom and wholeness on the other side of deep personal work and examination of relationships. She offers a compassionate, embodied, and direct approach as well as a deep respect for all the horses have to offer us.
Midnite Townsend, Practicum Student
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Midnite is a second-year graduate student at Naropa University getting a masters in Somatic Psychotherapy and Social Justice Counseling.
Growing up in Littleton, CO as a Korean adoptee, Midnite struggled with identity, race, and belonging; often finding movement the only way to heal, take up space, and reconnect to self. When living in Chicago they discovered how important community and diverse representation meant to their journey of acceptance as well. Now back in Colorado, they are excited to explore the power of Equine therapy and is especially curious how working with horses can repair relational trauma and regulate the nervous system.
Away from the stables Midnite performs and teaches aerial arts, pilates, and K-pop dance. They're always on the lookout for ways to add joy, fun, and laughter into their life and is honored to join the Medicine Horse team!
Tara Thorpe, Intern
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As an intern therapist with Medicine Horse, Tara is excited and grateful for an opportunity to facilitate healing and well-being through nature, horses, humor, and unconditional positive regard.
Tara grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, spending the majority of her time outside either exploring with a dog or caring for and riding horses. This time outside caring for horses eventually led to a professional equestrian career for Tara in her adult life. During this time, Tara witnessed the power of horses in supporting humans to grow, gain insight, and live in the present moment. Her experience of horses’ immense empathy combined with her deep desire to be of service, inspired Tara to pursue the path of a nature-based, equine-partnered therapist in the present day.
Tara is highly interested in the therapeutic implications of interpersonal neurobiology, specifically the potential for co-regulation in equine-facilitated work to benefit those who have experienced trauma. Overall, Tara approaches her practice with gentle curiosity and compassion, inviting a co-creation of a non-judgmental, safe space through the exploration of experience in the present moment.
When not at Medicine Horse, Tara can be found adventuring in nature with her partner and two dogs.
Jacob Tobey aka "Tobey", Intern
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Tobey is a third-year graduate student studying Mindfulness based transpersonal counseling at Naropa University. He is fascinated by the experiences in life that bring us outside of the mundane. This can be anything from falling in love to grief work. These extraordinary experiences that shake ourselves and how we view the world can offer us the opportunity to reconceptualize life in a new and amazing way. When working through the incredible or overwhelming parts of life, having help navigating can be a game changer.
Equine therapy offers an opportunity for connection, regulation and experiencing life through a different lens. Tobey's therapeutic style focuses on present moment awareness - really noticing what is going on in your mind, body and soul when interacting with the horses. Becoming curious about what is happening here and now offers such an incredible opportunity for healing and growth to occur.
Tobey helps run groups at Medicine Horse in addition to seeing individual clients on a pay-what-you-can model. He enjoys working with veterans, substance abuse issues, the queer community and anyone who is looking to engage in depth work. He offers an empathetic, goofy, and client-centered approach to therapy and believes that therapy can have an element of humor alongside working with hard, heavy emotions.