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Human-Equine Alliances for Learning (HEAL) is a federally authorized non-profit organization that promotes, supports and studies Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP). EFP is an experiential therapy in which horses are employed to facilitate emotional growth and learning for humans. HEAL promotes through public education, supports with scholarship and program subsidies and studies EFP efficacy and supporting science.

The HEAL Model™ of EFP & Equine Therapy

HEAL founder and lead therapist Leigh Shambo, MSW, LPCC has developed the HEAL Model™ of EFP, based on scientifically validated principles from the fields of neuroscience and psychology (human and animal). The HEAL Model™ teaches core skills for navigating and enhancing relationships, while strengthening autonomy and awareness of self. The horses are respected as sensitive and intelligent communicators who may guide the process in unique ways!


HEAL is a non-profit 501c(3) organization and registered charity…

HEAL is committed to equitable access to Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning (EFPL). We offer scholarships to participants based on financial need. Funds are also used to support much-needed research into the efficacy of EFP.

HEAL relies on donations to support it’s non-profit mission. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. To donate on-line, please click the icon below. Thank you!