The HEAL Team

Leigh Shambo, MSW, LPCC

Leigh Shambo is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and is widely recognized for authoring HEAL-sponsored research on Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy for treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and is regularly invited to teach and facilitate throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Formerly a professional horse trainer, Leigh discovered that the horses could be teachers in their own right, when tragedy required her to face a journey of emotional healing.

More About Leigh
HEAL news release about President and Lead Therapist Leigh Shambo.

Research on EFP
Read about research funded by HEAL and conducted by Leigh Shambo into the efficacy of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Articles by Leigh
A collection of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning (EFPL), human-equine psychology, natural horsemanship, and related equine and equestrian articles published by Leigh Shambo.


David Young

David Young is a researcher, scientist and horse trainer with HEAL who has studied EFPL extensively. David has started several colts from scratch and he has developed a unique training approach for therapy horses that honors instincts, enhances limbic connectivity, and develops their capacity for seeking, problem solving and communication with humans. David’s strength as a researcher and interest in heart-based biofeedback informs the HEAL Model™ of EFPL with the latest discoveries in the neuroscience of emotional and relational functioning in humans. David serves as an equine specialist for groups, and for marital or family sessions. Leigh and David, who are married, frequently work as a team in Leigh’s full time EFPL practice and in HEAL therapy groups and workshops.


Joining Leigh and David as Designated HEAL Instructors…

Kristin-FernaldKristin Fernald is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the San Juan Islands in Washington State. She has a private practice serving individuals and couples and leads retreats and group workshops, with a specialty in Energy Psychology. She offers EFPL services with her herd of 3 horses as an adjunct to her psychotherapy practice and teaches EFL workshops nationwide.