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Individual equine assisted psychotherapy session.


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.

Katie Dumm

Practicum Student

Practicum Student


Katie is a third-year graduate student at Naropa in the Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Psychotherapy program. She has been around animals of all sizes for her entire life, so joining the team at Medicine Horse feels like a natural integration of her personal and professional lives. She grew up in Boulder and is thrilled to be working with the diverse local populations that the programs at Medicine Horse cater to.


Katie has a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and has spent the past 20 years working as an archaeologist. Her transition from archaeology to psychotherapy might seem unconventional, but having dealt with mental health issues of her own, having family members with significant mental health challenges, and being a breast cancer survivor, have led her to the decision to change careers and enter the helping professions. She likes to say that she is transitioning from excavating soils and artifacts to excavating experiences and emotions.


At Naropa, Katie’s main focus has been Gestalt therapy, in which the present moment is the best teacher and can make us aware of internal patterns that are holding us back, thus freeing us to change the pattern. Equine Therapy and Gestalt overlap significantly, and during her practicum at Medicine Horse Katie is excited to explore the ways in which horses can facilitate personal growth and nervous system regulation.

Practicum Student
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