As my riding skills developed over several years, I began noticing that my affinity for horses far exceeded my desire to become an excellent rider. My passion for riding included having a strong connection to whatever horse I had chosen (or had chosen me) and I was forming partnerships with my horses. Thus, the love of riding had extended to the love of horsemanship. Experiencing my own healing bond with horses combined with my love of doing psychotherapy, it seemed natural to combine the two. However, good ideas take time to evolve. I needed to study the field of EFP and all its components, including the nature of horses and their exquisite power to heal. It was helpful to experience owning several horses and to learn unique lessons from each.
Carolyn received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science and Fitness from San Francisco State University. She worked for five years at the Marin YMCA as the Director of Cardiac Therapy and Wellness. In 2010, Carolyn received a Masters in Public Administration for Health Care Services from the University of San Francisco and spent five years as Associate Business Manager for Senior Services division of Jewish Family and Children’s Services. Finding her true passion in clinical based case management, Carolyn returned to the University of San Francisco and graduated with a Masters in Counseling Psychology. She completed a year-long traineeship with the USF Center for Child and Family Development working at Mercy High School. Carolyn then worked as a primary and family therapist intern with Paradigm San Francisco, an adolescent residential dual diagnosis treatment home. Carolyn splits her days as a research assistant with the Gay Couples Institute of San Francisco, as well as working part time in private practice working with individuals, families and couples. This past year Carolyn began her training in Equine Assisted Therapy at Equine Insight and has loved the gentle yet impactful nature of working with clients and the horses.
Yanina brings over 20 years of equine experience to this workshop, from Hunter Jumper shows to rehabilitating race horses. Driven by compassion and an intense desire to help people to achieve their goals, develop focus and become more grounded; Yanina holds a masters degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Organization Development from Sonoma State. This all makes her the perfect compliment to our leadership empowerment workshop.