Our approach to finding Hope, Healing, and Growth
Each program is designed to meet you where you are at on your life’s journey and provide you with the personalized private support you need.
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“The horse has much to share with us in how to communicate with all things in our lives. They teach us how to grow our awareness, our communication abilities, how to guide and influence others to support our wants and needs, and how to build an understanding and a connection in unity and harmony with others.”
By Carolyn Resnick
To know more about the science, models, and trainings behind our therapeutic approach below are some of the main influences behind our approach. We would also be happy to chat about how we work these models into our approach with clients during the initial consultation:
Mental Health Models – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Attachment Therapy, CBT/DBT, Strength based theory, and Systems theory
Neuroscience – Mindfulness skills and executive functioning skills designed around rewiring the brain
Horsesmanship – We believe that horses are sentient beings and therefore have the right to choose to be in a relationship with us – the closest “horsemanship” theory to our program is renowned trainer, Carolyn Resnick
“Sometimes the best way to heal the human soul is through building a partnership and relationship with a horse first”
Founder and President, Michelle Holling-Brooks
Our Mission & Who We Are
In September of 2008, I founded Unbridled Change, a non-profit organization with the mission to provide full time out-patient Mental Health sessions utilizing Equine Partnered Psychotherapy and Coaching. Click here for a video to learn more about our program!
I have been in the field of Equine Assisted Therapies as a certified professional since 2000, and a lifelong equestrian from a young age. After a life threating illness in my early teens, I was left forever changed. The trauma to my brain ripped me of control of my body, wiped my sense of self, and left me retreating from life. I didn’t trust humans, but I would trust a horse. Horses gave me a safe place to discover all the pieces of self – body, mind, and spirit–I had lost. Through their support I was willing to embark on the journey of self-healing and transformation.
Since then, I have been dedicated to creating supportive environments for all beings to find their path to connect to their true self – humans and horses. In 2018, I co-created the model of Equine Partnered Psychotherapy and Coaching designed to fuse together the leading therapy models and relationship skills to address the whole being – mind, body, and spirit. I have over 20 years of training with a number of organizations in the field including: EAGALA, PATH, and Natural Lifemanship. One of my values is to always be learning and deepening my own growth so I can have more tools in the toolbox to serve my clients; this included certifications in Mindfulness and Life Coaching, I’m a Reiki Master, and studies/training in Trauma, PST, and attachment work. Founding Unbridled Change allows me a chance to serve my life’s purpose of supporting others in finding their true authentic self!
Our Staff and Board
We are honored to have amazing people that are dedicated to helping us complete our mission!
Our 4 Legged Staff
“In their eyes we are more than physical form. We are intention, emotion, energy and spirit. They see who we are. They gaze into our very soul.” unknown
We belief our animals are sentient beings – not a beast of burden. They have their own thoughts, desires, and feelings. They have a soul and just like the people that have joined our team they have accepted the calling to help others heal.