The Process

Clients become active participants in seeking for solutions for themselves by investigating and experimenting with alternative approaches and choices; therefore, ultimately becoming accountable for their decisions through consequences, successes and mistakes. Our horses allow clients to present qualities such as confidence, fear, accountability, assertiveness, just by being present with them. These qualities the client experiences, which may or may not be familiar, play an important part in the growth and learning process.

Horses like humans, are social animals by nature and live in groups with dynamics which are much like human groups; such as families, peer groups, gangs, etc. with jobs similar human roles; such as a provider, care taker, friend, sibling, etc. and these groups are driven by behaviors, thoughts, beliefs and attitudes also similar to humans. With our horses and the dynamics they present we are able to engage in metaphorical learning through activities and discussions.

About Us

All equine-assisted sessions utilize a team approach through a collaboration of a licensed mental health professional and an equine professional. Our facilitators provide a physically and emotionally safe environment with the guidance and support needed to foster an experience which encourages spontaneous learning. The mental health professional is responsible for ensuring treatment goals, interventions and monitoring overall progress. The equine professional creates and plans equine activities while helping to ensure treatment goals are being met, as well as observing the horses and the environment noting symbols and themes that may be playing a significant part in creating someone’s story. In order to enhance the team’s skills and expertise, they attend yearly mental health and equine continuing education training and/or workshops. Stephanie and Stephanie have been facilitating equine-assisted psychotherapy, equine-assisted growth and learning and teaching equine-assisted professional development workshops, since 2010.

Stephanie A. Pennell, ES
Stephanie A. Pennell, ESOwner & Director
Stephanie Pennell received her Associates Degree in Human Services Technology in 2011. She holds certifications in Case Management, Working with At Risk Youth, Teaching Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse. In 2010, she was introduced to equine-assisted psychotherapy and has obtained certifications through EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association), Ok Corral, Horse Boy Method, Natural Lifemanship, and is advance trained in the EAGALA model. In addition, she also holds Adult, Child, Infant CPR/AED & First Aid certification, as well as various Early Childhood Development certifications. Stephanie has worked with preschool and school age children since 2002. She is thrilled for the opportunity to combine her passions and offer services to help others achieve a healthy balance in their lives.
Stephanie L. Roffey, LCSW
Stephanie L. Roffey, LCSWProgram Manager
Stephanie Roffey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the University of Toledo in 1994. She received her Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from East Carolina University in 1996 specializating in Child Sexual Abuse and recently received her EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) certification. Currently, she owns and operates a private practice in Cornelius, NC, Stephanie Roffey, LCSW Counseling Services, and has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the Social Work Department. In 2010, she was introduced to equine-assisted psychotherapy and has obtained certifications through EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association), Ok Corral, Horse Boy Method and has finished her Advanced Certification through EAGALA. She is delighted to offer EMDR sessions with the horses for trauma based recovery.
Ashley Worley, LPCA
Ashley Worley, LPCAMental Health Professional
Ashley Worley is a Licensed Professional Counseling Associate who graduated with a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2016. Ashley is also a contracted Licensed Professional Counseling Associated for Alexander Youth Network where she works with emotionally and behaviorally dysfunctional youth, using the Neurosequential (NMT) and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) models. Ashley became EAGALA Certified in 2016 as she completed her Licensed Professional Counseling internship at Achieving Balance at The Farm.