The Eagala Model of Personal Development


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EAGALA is an international non-profit established in 1999 with a set of standards for professional excellence in how horses and humans work together to improve the quality of life of individuals, families and groups worldwide.

The EAGALA Model is a distinctive experiential framework designed to allow clients the latitude to discover, learn and grow from the horse-human relationship. Watch a Vimeo on being The Global Standard. I abide by EAGALA's Standards: 

Above is a picture of a group of teachers "working together to move their student (the horse) through their lessons. 

Horses break down barriers and possess a unique ability to naturally mirror human inner thoughts and emotions. Our horses act as biofeedback machines, providing insight on the client's needs. This keen ability to relate to client's encourages a person's self-awareness, knowledge and empowerment. In working with our large animals, change can occur quickly, and a client can further develop a sense of personal authority.

Our sessions are neither about horsemanship nor riding. Clients find personal answers and solutions for their lives while working through an active process in the arena during a ground based activity. Developmental medicine and neurology journals cite the positive effects of equine assisted activities on, verbal, and nonverbal communication. This model will help anyone achieves balance and resilience!

Driven to use this experiential model for personal development, I am dedicated to offering every individual the chance to experience the Eagala Model of equine-assisted psychotherapy & personal development.

I offer my services - my barn, horses, insurance, equine specialist and leadership coaching skills - to any licensed mental health professional who is interested in offering equine-assisted psychotherapy and personal development.

You are able to refer your client to one of my mental health professionals (see below) OR you may personally participate in the sessions with me. This is covered by insurance!


I started Willow Equine (WE) in 2012 with the mission is to provide a unique therapeutic experience that promotes lasting results. 

With our horses as our co-facilitators, WE work with individuals to transform their challenges into authentic successes! It is not therapy for horses OR horsemanship, rather a client’s time to examine their own experiences. 

WE offers a safe space for healing and growth in an unconventional approach to traditional talk therapy and business development. 

1.) Activities are Ground Based - No Riding OR Horse Experience Needed. This is the most respectful approach to working with horses; they are able to make their own choices.

2.) Team Approach - Horses, a Licensed Mental Health Professionals & an Equine Specialist are in EVERY session Watch the Vimeo on The Team

3.) Solution-Oriented - Sessions are future-focused, goal directed & seek solutions rather than focusing on problems. Clients are given the space and time to work through things and figure them out. Watch the Vimeo on Solution Oriented

4.) Adhere to a Stick Code of Ethics - Click Here to Read our Code the Ethics


Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Horse Powered Business Development


I work with six different  therapists each with their own specialists. They accept Private Pay, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of NC, Cigna and Aetna. This type of counseling is covered by insurance!

Willow Equine Offer:
~ Individual Counseling

~ Couple, Premarital, & Marriage Counseling
~ Family & Group Counseling
~ Parenting & Family Systems Theory Workshops

~ Fee-Based Pastoral Counseling Supervision
~ Clergy Consultation
~ Church Staff Development

~ Professional Business Development
~ Corporate Team  Building
~ Leadership Coaching

Please contact us to discuss your options and needs! Call 704.237.0644 or visit for more information.

WE also bring the horses to the front of the business sector as well! Who wouldn't want to add HORSEPOWER to their BOTTOM LINE! Our team works with business owners, managers and staff to identify their leadership level and work to increase their potential. Research shows increase awareness, deeper communication and faster long lasting results after the Leadership Sessions!

WE also work to align clients spiritual and financial alignment using the Sacred Money Archetypes! This 6 week course is intense in depth work to broaden your personal relationship with money! Click on the link for more information!


Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning (EAP/EAL) incorporates horses experientially for personal growth and healing. Following the Eagala model, sessions are a collaborative effort between a licensed clinician, an equine specialist and our horses. EAP is therapeutic, based on clinical treatment goals. Sessions can be individual, couples or families. Your Eagala sessions are cover by insurance! A $125 cancellation fee is applied to those who no show or late cancel.

EAL addresses educational goals for personal/team growth and learning. These sessions increase individual personnel awareness as well as group dynamics. It is NOT psychotherapy; we do not single any one person out in front of the team. If a participant would like to share they may OR they can discuss things privately with the staff. A vast array of emotions, thoughts and struggles can emerge while working with the horses.