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Equine Assisted Psychotherapy was a component of my practice for 12 years. Although I no longer offer EAP, this page will give you a taste of the healing power inherent in the horse-human connection.  

I miss it! 


If you are interested in learning more about this type of therapy, google: OR for a listing

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unbridled ties  


Nancy Willbern

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning...


 offers experiential adventures in:


    *Personal insight

    *Relational connection

    *Spiritual renewal

    *Professional expansion


Unlike talk-therapy where clients are limited to telling about their lives in the world, experiential therapy exposes personal and relational patterns right there in the round pen.  Not only can patterns be observed and acknowledged, but new ways of being and relating can be practiced through human-horse interaction. Experiential learning fosters powerful shifts in self-awareness and behavior, activating all of what it means to be human:  physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  As such, its effects are both immediate and long-lasting.


Private, Group and Workshop sessions are designed and scheduled for individuals, couples, groups and corporations.  To set up a personalized session for yourself or group, email me at


Continuing Education Credits are available for LPC professional workshops.

Nancy Willbern
Horse and client connection

why horses?

Nancy Willbern

All emotional wounding occurs through some sort of break - whether actual or imagined - in relationship. Working with horses - as relational, sentient beings - provides clients with an opportunity to heal what is broken.


In addition, horses are natural truth-tellers. Because they are prey animals in the wild, their survival depends on being highly attuned to the energy in their

surroundings. This natural instinct provides human handlers with powerful, direct, non-verbal and non-judgmental feedback.


As social animals, horses have an innate ability to look for signs of leadership or submission, making them keenly aware of boundary-settings as well as violations.


Horses do not understand inconsistencies between affect and behavior. They will distance themselves from any kind of incongruence.  If authentic feelings are eventually acknowledged, the horse will act as a mirror to reflect the shift.

One of Nature's most magnificent creatures, horses exhibit balance in life’s polarities: power and grace; strength and beauty; freedom and connection. 

Dynamic Horse-Human Interactions mirror the client’s personal and relational patterns in the outer world of everyday living.


Specific Topics include:

  • Communication

  • Relationship Issues

  • Recovery Obstacles

  • Leadership Abilities

  • Problem-solving

  • Personality  Styles

  • Creative Thinking

  • Parenting Issues

  • Boundary Setting

  • Personal Power

  • Team-building

  • Body Image

  • Self-care

  • Self Confidenc

Reflective Horse-Human Interactions mirror the client’s internal world.  Such as:

  • Unconscious blocks

  • Untapped Creativity

  • Incongruities

  • Guilt/shame

  • Authentic Self

  • Soul's calling

  • Loving Wisdom

  • Deep intuition

  • Heart's Desire

  • Hidden talents

  • Unhealed wounds

  • Transference

  • Hidden potential

  • Projections

  • Fears

  • Denial

  • False assumptions

  • Deeper connections

  • New Insight

  • Self-talk

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