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Horses, herd instinct, attachment – and the HEAL Model of EFPL

By Leigh Shambo, LPCC, HEAL Founder and Director In the last few years, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find articles found in equestrian journals that focus on the importance of “attachment” in the horse’s psyche.  The term “attachment” (for family bonding) is a term from the study of human psychology.  Until recently, some horsepeople still […]

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Meet HEAL Facilitator Judith Kay

Meet HEAL Facilitator Judith Kay (HEAL class of 2009), and her miniature horses Peanut and Little Juan (L.J. for short).  Judith is a tutor for children and adults contending with a emotional, learning or behavior challenges.  I am always inspired by Judith’s simple yet brilliant implementation of the HEAL Six Key Model, and I am […]

Personal update from HEAL Founder & Therapist, Leigh Shambo, LPCC

It wasn’t always easy, but together David and I did it! Two and a half years ago, we decided to “semi-retire,” and we moved from my long-time home in rural Washington State, to the even more rural Eastern Sierra town of Bishop, CA. It was hard to part with my good friends – thank goodness […]

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In Memory of Mike

Written by Leigh Shambo HEAL Facilitator Matney Cook lost a beloved friend, also a guide and colleague in her EFL practice, when her horse Mike peacefully and naturally left this world January 27th. I knew Mike too, and I know he touched so many lives, and changed Matney’s life in profound ways.  I’m sorry for […]

HEAL News August 2015 -HEALing with horses: the ripple effect

Hello HEAL students, friends and colleagues! Welcome, and thanks for your interest in equine-facilitated psychotherapy and learning.  The HEAL Newsletter brings you informative and inspiring information relevant to our mission,  “the healing of human emotions and relationships, through learning with horses”. On behalf of HEAL’s clinical and teaching team, this issue shares our excitement about […]

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HEAL Facilitator Training & workshops

Along with our other news today, I have an important reminder for those readers interested in the 2015 HEAL FTP – our biennial certification training program for EFPL. Early bird pricing is still in effect for the remainder of the calendar year, saving you over 5%. There is still time to apply! Contact Leigh directly […]

“A journey of 1000 miles…

…begins with a single step”, according to the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tsu.  Everyone’s heard that.   But guess what? It’s almost exactly 1,000 miles from Chehalis WA (my former home of 25 years) to Bishop CA (east-central CA, near Nevada), my new home.  An avalanche of changes and challenges on every level – how did […]