Partners is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Elizabeth, Colorado. We provide highest-quality mental health services to children, families, individuals, and groups. Our unique approach utilizes horses in a form of psychotherapy called "EAP" (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy). In the simplest terms, what we do is to take our normal counseling sessions out of the office and into the barn. The setting itself is part of the appeal, and allows us to reach people who might be resistant to talk through therapy alone. Many people would rather interact with horses than discuss their feelings in an office setting. Even more important than the appeal, however, are the results. Working with horses helps our clients reach their therapeutic goals more quickly and effectively. Results are what our practice is really about. We constantly apply the lessons that are learned in working with our animals to the changes our clients need to make in their lives. Our work with horses provides the tools that allow our clients to gain the self-understanding and emotional growth that are the goals of all forms of therapy. Hyperactive, oppositional, defiant, and impulsive children learn to self-regulate and become more successful in their day-to-day relationships. Anxious and depressed clients gain the self esteem that they need to achieve success. Fragmented families find ways to communicate more effectively. Sexually and physically traumatized clients learn how to set healthy boundaries. Those dealing with grief and loss learn a path to healing and acceptance. The need is great, and we are extremely proud of the life-changes we have helped our clients achieve over the years.
We assist our clients on their personal journey toward healing with hands-on equine assisted therapy.
We are committed to providing the tools to awaken and sustain people’s values, voices, and hopes through healing experiences with horses, for the betterment of our communities.
Meet Our Therapists
Lee is the founder of the Equine Partnership Program and is joined by Mary Slouka and Ciana Dodgion as EPP’s therapists.
Board of Partners
The board of partners is a group of three individuals focused on ensuring the organization’s mission is carried out while sharing EPP’s accomplishments and goals to the public. We would also like to recognize here our Executive Director, Lee Dudley, and our Director of Development, Maddie Stansell.READ MORE