Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy:Work with heart connection, body and spirit
Expand your growth
Experience the herd
Each horse has something different to teach us
Work on your connection to leadership and intuition
Meet The Team
A funny and fun loving guy who likes to make everyone smile
The son of Rascal and a beautiful Quarter Horse who loves attention and love
In loving memory of Tuffy
A brave and loving boy with a heart of gold and is easy to love
A beautiful mare who is deeply intuitive. loving and compassionate
A warm blood with big, sparkly, kind eyes with a spirit that shows through them
A calm, warm and loving leader who likes to be the center of attention
He is loving, warm and enjoys sharing joy
Lindsey Wert, LMFT CEIP-MH
Lindsey and her equine partner Mr. PeanutEbutter
Jenny Alphin, TRS, CEGE
Recreational Therapist and owner of Hoofbeats Stables
Training and Certification
Lindsey Wert, LMFT CEIP-MH is a Certified Equine Interaction Professional through the Certification Board of Equine Interaction Professionals. The Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals (CBEIP) promotes
independent certification for mental health professionals or educators who
incorporate equine into their therapy or education/coaching practice. To learn more please visit Cbeip.org.
Lindsey's training was done under Alyssa Aubrey Alyssa Aubrey, CEIP-ED who the Founder and Executive Director of Medicine Horse Ranch, an educational experiential learning center incorporating horses in leadership development in Tomales, Ca. More information about Alyssa can be found at
https://www.horsedream.us. Lindsey also received mentorship and training under Judy Weston-Thompson, LMFT CEIP-MH who has been in the field over 30 years. More information on Judy can be found at http://equineinsight.net.
Welcome to Hoofbeats Stables
Welcome to Hoofbeats Stables where Lindsey Wert, LMFT CEIP-MH currently offers Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Lindsey has partnered with Jenny Alphin to help support and bring in funds to support the herd. Hoofbeats Stables is located in beautiful Petaluma, California and is nestled in between vineyards and rolling hills. Jenny has created a horse sanctuary that takes in horses needing a forever home. Hoofbeats has been serving horses and people for over a decade and look forward to continuing its service many more years. The stables (Jenny) offers Recreational Therapy, life coaching, life skills coaching for teens and outreach programming. Lindsey currently offers psychotherapy
groups, individuals and couples.
If you would like to learn more about Hoofbeat Stables and how to DONATION TO KEEP OUR HORSES HEALTHY AND PROVIDED FOR. (vet visits, dental work, vaccines, food, blankets and supplies) you can learn more about a tax deductible donation at http://lovehoofbeats.com.
What is Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy?
- EFP provides a genuine interpersonal relationship between horse and participant. Our horses provide immediate, non-judgmental feedback to the client about their relationship with others and how they approach the world around them.
-EFP provides mirror from horses and individuals to being to work on embodiment, grounding and working through trauma through a somatic based approach.
-In EFP you learn the language of the herd (social intelligence) clients begin to develop insight into where they have been mis-communicating with, or misreading others. It also allows people to step into and develop leadership skills.
-EFP is practiced all over the world, and is pivotal in the times of COVID-19 and the need to connect to the Earth and remain in contact and balanced.
-Clinical evidence has proven the healing benefits of EFP for those suffering from depression and anxiety, addiction, trauma, and loss.
-EFT studies show marked improvement in symptoms of ADD/ADHD, eating disorders, addiction and trauma.
-Studies continue to show how EFP promotes self-esteem and self-confidence while improving communication skills, impulse control and problem-solving skills.
Why Choose Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy?
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy is a form of experiential psychotherapy involving the collaborative effort of a client and a horse with a licensed psychotherapist/credentialed equine professional. EFP differs greatly from traditional psychotherapy due to the impact of the horse's mirroring and the immediate clear and honest feedback. EFP partners a horse and human in activities which promote relational issues of trust, bonding, communication and boundaries. Mutually respectful activities such as leading, grooming, handling and lunging engage the partners in a healing relationship leading the client towards personal insight, empowerment and lasting change. Working together intimately with the horse allows individuals to begin to develop a greater capacity to ground, connect to intuition and heal trauma from a somatic based experience.
EFP is a preferred treatment modality for many people who love animals, have a trauma history and who desire a more integrative approach than most types of psychotherapy. EFP is a natural way for people to find soothing and peace while partnered with a horse. My role as a practitioner is to create a space where you and your equine partner can engage in an environment that is filed with empathy, mirroring and the directness of the horse who is in incapable of lying. This offers immediate feedback that encourages authenticity and authentic connection. This crosses the barriers of the mask that many of us often wear in our everyday lives that can be exhausting and burdensome. If you are desiring a new way to connect and try something outside of mainstream psychotherapy I encourage you to give me a call. It is with the equine partner that client's begin to learn healthy boundary setting, empathy for self, a stronger connection with intuition, self-soothing, building healthy relationships, trust, mutual respect of differences, accountability and self-control.
Fees: Please note that some insurance will cover this and there also maybe a stable fee assessed as accordance to fees and usage of horses/land. 55 minute and 80 minute sessions as offered.