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.