2015 Graduates

cathyCathy Christensen-Curry, LCSW, Certified HEAL Graduate 2015.
Helena. MT USA

“Intentional Transformation”.   Completion of the HEAL Facilitator Training Program was the culmination of my efforts to be qualified to use horses to help people heal.  When I was ten-years-old, a horse became my healer and I’ve spent the rest of my life seeking how to bring this gift to others. I have explored other models but am extremely grateful to have found the HEAL method. I appreciate the clinically sound aspects of this model but even more, I appreciate the integrity with which it is written, taught and implemented. It embodies the very principles of healing through connection that I’ve always felt was the horse’s message to me. The entire experience was such a blessing, as is the realization that I am a part of the wonderful HEAL network of practice! I am very excited to be adding EFPL to my current clinical practice with individuals, children, and families.
Phone:  (406) 202-1575
e-mail:  Transformwithintent@gmail.com

julieJulie Gullett, MEd, Certified HEAL Graduate 2015.
Centralia WA, USA

A wife, mother and farmer, Julie Gullett has also pursued careers in social work and teaching in the public school system.  She and her husband Adam  own and operate Seedpod Farm in Centralia, WA, offering a model of sustainable agriculture, utilizing low-impact farming methods.  Julie actively develops programming on the farm to foster support, education and sanctuary for those needing the space to discover a greater sense of wholeness. She and her husband have a particular interest in supporting families on the autism spectrum.  Seedpod Farm creates a place of sanctuary for animals and for families with special needs.  The HEAL model offers a unique and innovative approach to healing and discovery and will be a cornerstone of her practice on the farm.
Contact Julie:  www.seedpodfarm.com

julie-hJulie Harcus, Certified HEAL Graduate 2015.
Redmond, WA, USA

Julie was a volunteer instructor for over a year before she came on staff at Raven Rock Ranch in September 2014 as an Equine Facilitator  working with at-risk children.  She has extensive experience working with horses and children.  She says:  “I have experienced and seen healing for children working with the horses at the ranch!  I love what I do, and it is making a difference!”   Julie says about HEAL:  “I have gained knowledge, insights and confidence from the Equine Facilitator  Program offered through HEAL that I could not have found anywhere else.”
Contact:  julie@ravenrockranch.org

sandraSandra Matts, MA, Raven Rock Ranch, Certified HEAL Graduate 2015. Redmond, WA, USA
A lifelong horse lover, Sandy has taught riding to hundreds of kids and adults, and earned certification as a therapeutic instructor.  After receiving her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwest University, Sandy led classes and counseled seniors as a member of the Senior Services of King County.  Her private practice focused on marriage and couples therapy.  Her current position as lead therapist and Executive Director of Raven Rock Ranch combines all of her passions and talents in one role. Raven Rock Ranch rescues horses and pairs them with at-risk children. RRR uses the HEAL model exclusively to treat the children and family members who come to the ranch.
Contact:  Sandy@ravenrockranch.org
Phone:  +1 (425) 869-2302

justinJustin Matts, MA, Raven Rock Ranch,  Certified HEAL Graduate 2015. Redmond, WA, USA
Beginning with volunteer work at SAMBICA Christian Camp and coaching children’s soccer, Justin Matts has worked with youth in a variety of settings. Justin has over 15 years of experience working professionally with ‘At-Risk-Youth’, within CPS  as a Child Abuse Investigator and Supervisor, and more recently at Raven Rock Ranch.  Justin holds an MA in Counseling Psychology and works with youth, families and men at Raven Rock, while also supporting Raven Rock by fostering partnerships with community members and business owners.
Contact:  justin.matts1@yahoo.com

nickyNicky Amor, Certified HEAL Graduate 2015.
Gloucestershire, UK

Nicky’s work in equine facilitated therapy focuses on individual development and learning. She supports clients in achieving healthier outcomes for happier lives. Nicky’s experience working with children and adolescents contributes greatly to her empathetic and creative sessions, ensuring a safe, secure and trusted environment for her clients. Coming from a business consultancy and marketing background Nicky is also available for corporate team building, strategic visioning and executive coaching programmes. She currently works at the Equine Therapy Center at Avening Park in Gloucestershire, England.
Contact:  Phone: +44(0)7595 651017
Email: nicky.amor@equinetherapy.center


2013 Graduates

United States

Brenda Newell, LICSW, Certified HEAL graduate 2013
Rainbow Counseling & Equine Connections, LLC

“I feel very blessed as my private practice continues to evolve in a very exciting way. Please visit my website. Clients may participate in EFP at Northwest Equine Stewardship Center in Monroe, WA; I also feel very blessed to be partnering with Drea Bergquist Bowen (HEAL graduate 2010) to provide workshops, retreats and EFP at Heart of the Herd Ranch in Silverdale, WA.”   

Contact details for Brenda Newell:
Cell: 425.280.6508


Jeanette Lysell, Certified HEAL graduate 2013
*  Completed apprenticeship in horse management
*  Certified riding teacher level 1
*  EAGALA certification in 2010, have not renewed
*  Certified Bodynamic therapist ( body oriented psychotherapy)
*  Scandinavian trauma therapy training
*  Ongoing certification in child protective services, to finish in 2016

“My work in Norway is with young people with drug addiction who are in treatment at Oslo University Hospital. We have a horse program, based on Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning. I have been running this program since 1996. The HEAL training has been extremely valuable in developing this program further, and has deepened my understanding of how powerful the horse work can be.  I learned a lot about myself on this journey, thanks to the horses and the HEAL team and teachers. My fellow students have forever a place in my heart and contributed to my growth, all in their own way.”

Contact details for Jeanette Lysell: j-lysel@online.no 

Marianne Østby-Deglum, certified HEAL graduate 2013

“I live outside of Hamar, 1.5 hour north of Oslo, the Capital of Norway.  I run my own horse-facility, based on board horses and hosting events like clinics and shows. We also have our own veterinarian clinic and have a rehabilitation program for horses.  I have an agriculture education related to horses, and am a certified riding instructor with the Norwegian Riding Academy. I am half way through a bachelor degree in Pedagogy, with Disability and Society as my main subject.  I wanted to work with horses and humans in a way that wasn’t performance oriented… that was when I found HEAL, which has shown me new ways of being able to help people learn about them selves and their horses.  I will integrate the method into my work with children with special needs.”

Furnes, Norway
+0047 45032586
E-mail: modeglum@gmail.com
Website: lyksethgard.no

Norunn Kogstad, Certified HEAL graduate 2013

Contact Information:
Moelv, Norway
+0047 980078673
Email:  nkogstad@gmail.com or norunn.kogstad@medisin.uio.no
Website: www.lundehagen.com

United Kingdom

Susan Kiloran Turner, Certified HEAL Graduate 2013
Susan & B

For me the HEAL training is beyond happiness it is fulfillment. The fine tuned interplay between theory and practical horsemanship skills has prepared me well for establishing EFP for the Unicorn service.

I have a special interest in working with trauma and attachment issues. Where traumatic history creates undermining patterns in relationships EFP is proving to to be effective in nurturing new connections and healing.

EFP is indeed life changing what ever your age!

My heart is very thankful to Leigh Shambo and David Young,to the teachers human and horses and also to my herd/peers from Norway, US and UK .

Contact Information:
Stanton Fitzwarren, Wiltshire
Work: +07800602655 / Cell: +01793762939
Email:  susankiloranturner@googlemeail.com

Corinne M Dickson

  • HEAL ProfileMsc Integrative Psychotherapy
  • PG Dip Applied Psychology
  • BSc Hons Psychology
  • UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
  • EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner
  • EAGALA level 1
  • Individual therapy with adults
  • Specialist interest in PTSD
  • Available for speaking to groups and organizations

Simply the best training I ever been part of!  Leigh and David have done a great job developing the HEAL model.  Knowing it has a clear grounding in research and experience gives me confidence to apply it in my work with clients.  Whilst at times quite challenging, the training program was comprehensive, covering both theory and the practical application along with some personal development.  Throughout the whole process, guidance and support was on hand and readily offered.  This was indeed a life changing experience, which has opened my eyes to the amazing gift that working with horses can be.  Having completed the training and experienced the power of the work I am enthusiastic to develop my own practice so that others may benefit too!

Contact details:
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Work: 0113 2430310 / Cell: 079698 750849
Email: info@cmdickson.co.uk

For further information see my entry on the UK Counselling Directory