Equestrian Counseling


Counseling for "Horse People" by a "Horse Person"

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What does ECS do?

Equestrian Counseling Services (ECS) focuses on the prevention and resolution of psychological, emotional, and behavioral issues that face equestrians and their families. Everyone occasionally experiences discord, however, the rigors of horse care, training and competition put an extra burden on equestrians and their families. ECS helps to uncover and work through the issues that are compounded by these unique conditions.


Who benefits from these services?

ECS assists children, adolescents, adults, couples, and entire families from all areas of the equestrian community. Clients may be seen individually or in groups, as partial or complete family units.  

What kind of therapy does ECS Offer?

ECS provides personalized counseling according to the age, development, unique struggles, needs, strengths, resources, and life circumstances of each individual. Sessions incorporate traditional talk therapy, but may also include experiential techniques including
quine Assisted Therapy.

Where are sessions conducted?

ECS provides a safe, secure environment that nurtures inner healing and optimal growth. In order to flex with the availability and busy schedules of equestrians and their families, sessions may take place at the stable, on the show grounds, in my office, or in your own home. Equine assisted therapy sessions may be conducted with your own horse or at another location with horses provided.


Are phone sessions possible from long distance?

Yes. Phone sessions may be more convenient and just as effective as face-to-face sessions depending on the issues being addressed. These are scheduled in the same manner as face-to-face sessions, however, pre-payment is required.

What is equine assisted therapy?

Equine assisted therapy incorporates horses in the counseling process.
It is an experiential form of therapy where clients participate in unmounted activities that are designed to help them learn about themselves, to uncover  negative thought and behavior patterns, and to help define healthy relationships. To learn more about equine assisted therapy visit


How much do sessions cost and how many do I need?

Sessions are $80/hour. Unfortunately, there is no magic number of sessions that will guarantee the resolution of an emotional, psychological, or behavioral issue. ECS suggests a commitment of at least three sessions before evaluating progress or results. Some problems resolve quickly while others take weeks of work and perseverance. Sometimes just starting the process can cause a shift. Meeting once or twice a week usually allows sufficient time for processing between sessions, however in urgent or crisis situations, more frequent sessions may be needed.

How is progress measured?

Signs of progress often manifest as increasing awareness of the various ways in which one is "stuck." In the first few sessions, one may begin to recognize self-defeating patterns or habits of thinking, feeling and behaving without necessarily being able to change them immediately. Later, after discussing the causes and effects of these habits, the individual is able to make changes and let go of old patterns. As this self-actualization process deepens, one begins to feel more natural, spontaneous and at ease in all areas of life. Genuine emotions come more freely and relationships deepen. Old patterns of worrying and obsessing become much less disruptive. There are, however, likely to be difficult sessions. It is not uncommon for clients to experience occasional increased confusion or anxiety, and at times even become angry with, resentful toward, or distrustful of the therapist. Ironically, even though these sessions may be difficult, they can also be the most encouraging signs of progress and change.


The equestrian world presents many challenges. ECS provides counseling services that are designed to address:

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Substance Abuse, Addiction

  • Peer & Family Pressure

  • Divorce, Blended Families

  • Generalized Anxiety Issues

  • Abuse & Trauma Recovery

  • Disordered Eating Patterns 

  • Career Indecision, Confusion

  • Interpersonal Difficulties

  • Growth & Developmental Issues

  • Anger & Conduct Management

  • Parenting & Discipline Issues


    ECS can help adults, children, teens, couples, and families…

    Explore, understand, and work through personal and family problems.

    Find alternatives, expand choices, and overcome obstacles that interfere with personal development.

    Enhance interpersonal relationships.

    Discover a sense of well-being.

    Become aware of subtle dynamics that may be the source of persistent tensions, conflicts, or power struggles.

    Address and manage the realities and problems of blended families.

    Improve parenting skills and gain control over child or teen conduct and behavioral problems.

    Address child and adolescent peer group issues.

    Adjust to major life transitions such as separation, divorce, grief, and loss.

    Improve communication patterns and develop active listening skills.

    Resolve conflicts in ways that meet the needs of the entire family.

    Help children express feelings and parents develop empathic behavior.

    Help individuals shift their rigid perceptions and change habitual negative patterns of interaction.


Lisa Baugh, MA, LMFT

Lisa Baugh is a FL licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. She uses traditional counseling as well as experiential techniques such as Equine Assisted Therapy to help individuals and families reach their full potential. Though she works with individuals and families from a wide variety of lifestyles and backgrounds, she has a special affinity for “horse people” and a unique understanding of their worldviews. Her life-long equestrian background makes her sensitive to the specific influences and nuances of the horse community. Click Here to read why she started ECS.

Equestrian Counseling Services
561-791-8939 * Lsbaugh1@yahoo.com


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