Horses provide clients with a frequency and consistency of responses that are immediate and authentic. They offer honest feedback, which helps clients understand how they influence, create, and maintain relationships.Therapeutic work with horses allows for a safe and unique learning opportunity, where clients can explore their boundaries, personal awareness, safety, and relationship patterns.
Rocky Mountain Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, LLC was created and is directed by Carina Kellenberger and Dana Schultz, who are Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Certified Animal Assisted Social Workers, and have a lifetime of experience working with horses.Our unique therapeutic approach combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Relational Therapy and Natural Lifemanship's model of Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP).Our method focuses on developing adaptive coping and self-regulation skills that are essential for creating and maintaining healthy relationships. We work with people who have experienced trauma, grief, loss, divorce, abuse, neglect, and other challenging life events that contribute to maladaptive behavioral patterns.As social workers, we are committed to continuing our education, training, and expertise to provide our clients with the best professional services available.
Carina Kellenberger LCSW, MSW, AASW
Carina is a Colorado native, who grew up in Boulder, CO. She currently resides in Denver and has also gained experience with youth and families, while living and working in the city of Chicago. Carina Kellenberger is a Licensed Social Worker who has a lifetime of experience working with horses. She received her Masters Degree, with a focus in high-risk youth, and certification in
Animal Assisted Social Work from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. She has also received certifications through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) and has completed education with Natural Lifemanship’s, Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
Dana Schultz LCSW, MSW, AASW
Jessica Spindler MSW, AASW
Jess grew up riding horses just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. She graduated with a degree in psychology and worked in clinical research at a neurology practice prior to moving to Colorado in 2015. Jess received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver with a clinical concentration in Mental Health and certification in Animal Assisted Social Work. She is currently working towards her LCSW and is a Registered Psychotherapist. She has also completed training with Natural Lifemanship's Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
Rocky Mountain Equine Assisted Psychotherapy takes a strength based, client centered approach to our work with clients. We incorporate the use of evidence-based practice through the framework of Relational Therapy, the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, within the scope of Experiential Therapy.
Providing services at reasonable costs
Promoting well being and self-determination for all clients
We strive to assist clients to identify and achieve their goals
To create a space that is inclusive and respectful of different cultures and backgrounds
Work to maintain positive partnerships with our clients and horses
Maintain physical and emotional safety of our clients at all times while protecting their rights to confidentiality