If you're one of the many people who have tried talk therapy and felt like something was missing and struggled to find meaningful results - you're not alone.
In fact, that's the main reason Dr. Cheryl Meola founded Mane Source Counseling.
During her Ph.D. studies, she had read all of the research into Equine-Assisted Services and its incredible outcomes. Where talk therapy alone was failing clients, they saw results from EAS! Cheryl knew it was the perfect blend of her two life-long passions: horsemanship and helping humanity. Unfortunately, there weren’t any local opportunities for this unique blend of activities.
Therefore after obtaining her Ph.D. from ECU, she forged her own opportunity for herself and her clients. Partnering up with Malaika Albrecht and Freckles Farm, she met with Mane Source Counseling’s first client and worked with Bonita and Apple. It was the perfect client, perfect horse partnership, even perfect weather! Immediately after the first session, Cheryl knew she was onto something.
And she was not wrong, as word began to spread about Mane Source Counseling’s phenomenal service and stellar results. Soon Cheryl had an overwhelming amount referrals and realized she needed to expand. Since its humble beginnings, three more therapists have joined, each bringing their own brilliance to the team and specializing in different therapeutic areas.
The two-legged team isn’t the only one that grew! Mane Source Counseling has many different animal co-therapists now, including four horses, two mini-horses, a mini-donkey, chickens, rabbits, and more! Click below to meet the herd.
Common Life Challenges our Participants face
- Anxiety Issues
- Behavioral Issues
- Divorce, Marriage, and Other
- Life Transitions
- Family Conflict
- Grief or Loss
- Parenting Struggles
- Personal Skills Development
- Professional Skills Enhancement
- Self-esteem and Self-awareness Development
What Can Equine-Assisted Services Do For You?
More importantly, how can working with our herd help your overall well-being? Equine-assisted services (EAS) has taken off in popularity within recent years, being touted as “the gateway for healthy relationships”. With good reason too as it shows incredible benefits such as increased confidence, impulse control, self-esteem, social skills, and self-acceptance. Read below for more EAS benefits.
Who can benefit from EAS?
Short answer: everyone! You don’t need to have a diagnosed disorder to learn about yourself and develop new skills through EAS. In fact, if you’re simply looking for personal growth in any aspect of your life, equine-assisted services can help.
If you’re looking to…
- Grasp a deeper understanding of self
- Identify your goals and values
- Obtain the right skills for enhancing relationships
- Learn resources and skills to deal with the issues that brought you to seek help
- Manage problem areas in your personal life (ex: anger, stress, depression, focus)
- Create new patterns of behavior for yourself
- Change your problem-solving perspective
- Boost your self-esteem and confidence
- Help yourself live a value-filled life