Equine assisted therapy (EAT) is a form of counseling that focuses on the process of working with horses to impact client’s behavior. As a non-traditional approach to therapy, EAT has been successfully used in a variety of mental health settings. This type of counseling combines some typical counseling interventions with a more innovative component involving relationship building and working through activities with horses.
EAT is facilitated by a licensed mental health professional who is also a qualified equine professional. She is responsible for the thereaputic aspect of the session, as well as observing the behavior of the horse. The horse's reaction to the client is as powerful as the client's reaction to the horse.
The experiential nature of EAT allows client’s behaviors and emotions to surface in a way that traditional talk therapy does not allow. Interventions involving horses can help individual traverse difficult life circumstances and find creative solutions.
Kim Mills received her Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas (UNT) in 2005, and has been utilizing horses in counseling sessions since 2006. Kim has also received certification through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), as well as certification through Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH Intl.) and Natural Lifemanship.
Kim has used her counseling skills to work with children, adults, students, veterans and their families as well as clients at Rocky Top Therapy Center, Ranch Hand Rescue and clients from the Sante Center for Addiction and Healing.
Kim specializes in children, ages 6 and above. Kim also does weekly groups for Denton Juvenile Probation at Riding Unlimited, located in Ponder, TX.
Addiction & Recovery
Children, ages 6 & up
Grief & Loss