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Meet Dale:

Dale McDiarmid is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with over 20 years of experience utilizing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in the helping professions. She has worked in this field, full time, as a therapist since 2010, doing EAP with hundreds of traumatized clients. It is her passion to utilize horses in a therapeutic model in which every aspect of the horse is intentionally used to help adults and children heal from various forms of trauma, abuse, or neglect. Dale assumes a collaborative role that highlights the clients’ own wisdom as demonstrated through their relationship to the horse. Through a variety of exercises and routines, and with a large measure of caring and compassion, Dale helps clients build skills, confidence and a greater sense of self. It is her commitment to excellence and her use of eclectic therapy with focus on CBT, DBT, family systems, motivational interviewing, and reality therapy that is client-centered, trauma-based, and equine assisted that contributes to the growth and expansion of the model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP).

EAP incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning and is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families, and groups.

Engaging with horses allows one to explore how they develop trust, manage anxiety and deal with uncertainty. Consumers can often move more quickly and dramatically through the equine therapeutic process and experience changes in their relationships and their everyday responses to challenging situations.

What sets us apart?

Gaits of Hope provides a trauma-based, equine-facilitated therapy program focusing on two components:

• Relationship-building

• Rhythmic riding / riding horses to music

Clients develop and utilize the following skills:

• Non-verbal communication

• Assertiveness

• Problem-solving

• Work / teamwork

• Responsibility

• Relationship development

• Confidence and attitude