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What can Equine Assisted Activities do for me?

Common life challenges our participants face

You don’t need to have a diagnosed disorder to learn about yourself and develop new skills through equine assisted activities. In fact, if you’re simply looking for personal growth in any aspect of your life, equine assisted activities can help. Some areas of growth we work with are family communication, marital issues, parenting, professional development and more. Some of the benefits of equine assisted activities are:

  • Grasping a deeper understanding of self
  • Identifying your goals and values
  • Obtaining the right skills for enhancing relationships
  • Learning resources and skills to deal with the issues that brought you to seek help
  • Managing problem areas in your personal life, like anger, stress, depression, focus.
  • Creating new patterns of behavior for yourself
  • Changing your problem-solving perspective
  • Boosting your self-esteem and confidence
  • Helping you live a values-filled life

We have many different animal co-therapists, such as horses, a mini-donkey, rabbits, chickens, and more.

Services offered include:

  • Individual, family, and group therapy
  • Supervision or consultation for health professionals
  • Personal growth and wellness sessions
  • Continuing education workshops for health professionals

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  • ADHD 
  • Anxiety issues
  • Autism
  • Behavioral issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce, marriage, and other
  • Life transitions 
  • Family conflict
  • Grief or loss
  • Impulsivity
  • Parenting struggles
  • Personal skills development
  • Professional skills enhancement
  • Self-esteem and self-awareness development

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Meet our team

Dr. Cheryl Meola, PhD, LCMHCS, NCC

Cheryl is the founder of Mane Source Counseling and a founder of Horses and Health Inc. Her love of horses began at a very early age, and her professional career started in the horse industry as a horse trainer and riding instructor/coach in her teens. After her education in the field of counseling, she integrated her experience with horses into helping people meet their personal and professional goals through relational work with horses. She identifies the natural therapeutic aspects of the horse-human relationship that will help each person experience a shift in their mindset and reach their individual goals. 


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Staff

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Charity H. Montelongo, MA, LCMHC

Charity has been in the mental health field since 2010. She is a retired US Army staff sergeant with an overseas tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III. 


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Lauren Bethune Scroggs, PhDc, LCMHCA, LCASA, NCC, NCMHC 

Lauren has a MS in Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling with certificates in Military and Trauma Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling from ECU. 


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Malaika King Albrecht, BS, MA

Malaika is the owner of Freckles Farm and an incorporator of Horses and HEALTH Inc. Malaika is a PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.


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Michael Sisley, LCMHC, CRC


Michael began his career in mental health after graduating in 2004. He began by working with individuals and often their family members in their homes, in their schools, and in their communities.


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Our animals

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Gunner


Gunner, an Appaloosa, was born on 9/01/2013 and is a registered miniature gelding. 


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Sammy


Sammy, a chocolate palomino, was born on 1/01/2010 and is a miniature gelding.


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Donkey


Donkey (aka Wee Donkey) is a miniature donkey gelding, born on 1/01/2014.


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Apple


Apple, an Appaloosa mare, was born on 1/01/2003.


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Bonnie (Bonita)


Bonnie, a bay mare, was born on 1/01/2000 and was a polo horse before the Albrechts bought her more than a decade ago.


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Black Jack


Black Jack is a black miniature gelding born on 1/01/1999.


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Louie


Louie, a chestnut gelding, was born 2/10/1997 and is a registered Quarter Horse. 


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Octavia


Octavia is a grey mare born on April 14, 2009, in Illinois.


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