Our Team

Originally organized as a Limited Liability Company in 2004, Healing Strides is a 501(c)3 charitable organization(*) that uses animals & experiences to provide therapy that empowers individuals to create healthy relationships and fulfilling lives. Additionally, we partner with organizations to help their clients get past roadblocks in treatment & recovery.

Healing Strides currently focuses on programs assisting couples learning to build their marriages as well as helping adults and children recovering from tough life circumstances. Our Board of Directors, employees, volunteers, donors, partners and generous supporters are all focused on helping individuals to change their own lives.

The Healing Strides EAP Equine Assisted Psychotherapy team is composed of one mental health professional therapist, one horse professional specialist, and at least one horse.

Our therapists hold at least a Master’s degree in Counseling, certification from the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) – EAP’s premier professional association – and are registered with and meet State of Colorado requirements to practice counseling. Each therapist also has advanced training in specialized areas of counseling.

Our horse specialists are also certified with EAGALA. They have many years of extensive experience and knowledge about horses, and are sensitive to needs of our clients.

Our horses exert subtle but profound influences on people. As clients develop a relationship or trust with a horse, we see a dramatic therapeutic impact on individuals, youth, families, and groups.

You (therapy team) helped us get familiar with the horses and how we should be sensitive to them.”   – Darren, Resident at The Crossing


Our Donors

Healing Strides appreciates and depends on the generosity of our donors and benefactors. Our programs would not be possible without their love, encouragement and financial support. Please consider how you can help by clicking on words “Help Us” in this screen’s Title Bar, above. Please also help celebrate the life of one generous donor, Shirley May, who passed away on November 1st, 2012.

Our partners

Healing Strides supplements treatment and services delivered by other quality Colorado residential treatment centers, counseling centers, mental health practitioners and networks to provide the best possible variety of mental health options. We have worked with residents of Denver Rescue Mission and assisted children from Providence Networks communities.

Our goal is to meet the client where they are. When the client is already working with a skilled mental health practitioner or other human-services agency, we work with their therapist to incorporate EAP as a powerful, solution focused brief therapy into their existing treatment program. Please contact us to help you begin this process.

If you are a Colorado-based mental health practitioner, a Denver-area church or other human-services-related nonprofit organization, please contact us to discover how Healing Strides and you can participate together to better help others in Colorado.

The areas of Experiential Learning and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) hold great promise for effective solution-focused brief therapy. Contact us to learn more about how EL and EAP work and why they are gaining international acclaim.