Forever Faithful Ranch
Marla Neely is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She Graduated with a Masters in Counseling in 2012 from Sam Houston State University. Marla is also EAGALA Certified and has 27 years as an Occupational Therapist. She feels that her previous years working Special Education as an Occupational Therapist provided the perfect foundation for her career in Counseling. Marla strongly believes that regardless of our Age, there is a young child within each of us and that as children of God we are all special. Her primary goal is to consistently seek out opportunities for growth and development of both personal and professional skills in order to identify and meet the physical and emotional needs of the clients. Marla strives to develop an atmosphere of safety and respect for all Clients in which they can be free to express themselves with sincere acceptance and without fear of judgement.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
At Forever Faithful we believe horses have a spiritual significance in which the human / horse relationship offers an opportunity for emotional, psychological and spiritual transformation. Through our horses, we have seen people of all ages develop trust, communication, boundaries, love, empathy, social skills, patience, honesty, conflict resolution and teamwork.
Our services are available for children and adults of all ages who wish to be happier, healthier and at peace with one’s self and others around them.
What is EAP (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy)?
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is a combined effort between a horse or horses, a licensed therapist, and an equine specialist who work together with the client to address a number of treatment needs. It is an experiential solution based therapy. Meaning that clients learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with horses on the ground, and then processing (or discussing) feelings and behaviors. EAP is appropriate for all ages and stages of life. All sessions take place on the ground.
No horse experience is necessary.
Note: Because of its intensity and effectiveness, EAP should be continued with routine therapy.
EAP is an effective model for:
Victims of Abuse
Confidence and Self Esteem
*Please call for more information, schedule, and pricing. 936-597-4200
Meet Our Specialists
Kahra Dunkersonis a Certified Equine Specialist through OK Corral and EAGALA. She is Certified in EAL (Equine Assisted Learning) and EAP (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy). She is also a full time Volunteer at Forever Faithful Ranch along with her entire family. She volunteers with Horse Care and Horse Performance.
Carol Ploetz is Certified in Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) through OK Corral. She has a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University. With the use of EAL, she works with individuals and small groups to identify obstacles and provide tools to empower change. As a part of the EAP team, she is an Equine Specialist during therapy sessions. Carol also volunteers for Forever Faithful Ranch.