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EP. 011:

How is Equine Therapy an Effective Tool for Treating Trauma?

With Megan Repass

This week Christopher and Mickenzie sat down with Equine and Adventure Therapy Director Megan Repass to take a deep dive into a uniquely powerful and connecting modality to address trauma. Together, they explore how Equine Therapy can unlock healing and cultivate connection with ourselves and others.

“When trauma occurs, it moves us from our instinctive place of connection into a place of disconnection. Equine Therapy invites you to walk into an arena with a very large, breathing, autonomous animal that depends on connection. Horses have a way of literally showing us what it feels like to be connected again.”

– Megan Repass

Meet this episode’s expert

Megan Repass, MS, CCTP, LADAC II, CCM, has served in the helping profession and mental health field for 14 years, working as an outdoor educator, director of a youth mentorship program, counselor, director of a co-occurring residential treatment program, and adjunct professor.

As an experienced administrator and certified equine, wilderness, and adventure therapist, Megan brings a unique skill set to our team. Megan earned her Master’s Degree from Lipscomb University in psychology and a license in substance abuse counseling. She is a certified clinical trauma professional and utilizes modalities such as EMDR, IFS, psychodrama, and experiential therapy. Having received specific training in spiritual care, Megan works individually with clients who have experienced hurt in a religious setting or who may be searching for a sense of belonging to a greater purpose.

As the director of our Onsite Adventures program, Megan blends her extensive time spent as an outdoor educator and backcountry guide with her experience as a trauma therapist, affording her the ability to craft distinct outdoor experiences that are tailored to clients’ individual needs.