Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy & Learning

Welcome to HEAL!

Listening Heart” donates for Philippines recovery from typhoon!

We were deeply gratified by the results of HEAL‘s January promotion of The Listening Heart.  Book proceeds for that month were donated to the Philippine typhoon recovery efforts, netting a $650 donation to UMCOR – the United Methodist Committee on Relief.  Many thanks to these new readers, and please keep those positive reviews coming!  

Looking for a Certified HEAL Facilitator?

Check out our HEAL Facilitators pages – where you can read about the unique talents and visions of EFPL professionals who chose HEAL as the model of choice for their clinical or educational practice.  If you are looking to learn more about what distinguishes HEAL and how it fits with other models and various clinical issues, check out the section on learning opportunities for professionals.


The Listening Heart: The Limbic Path Beyond Office Therapy

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I just finished reading Leigh Shambo’s book, The Listening Heart, and wanted to make sure you are aware of this really fantastic reference. Leigh does such a wonderful job of describing the therapeutic process and how horses can assist with attaining therapeutic goals… I have seen many models of EFP/L and this one really stands out. Leigh grounds the intuitive, energetic work with horses into solid, research based theory and has come up with something outstanding.”  Stacey Carter TRI, ES Salisbury, NC





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, LMHC has developed  the HEAL Model™ of EFP, based on scientifically validated priLandF Web-1nciples 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!


Leigh Shambo, MSW, LMHC & The HEAL Team


HEAL Workshops/Training & Individual Sessions



The HEAL Ranch

Located in Chehalis, WA, halfway between Seattle and Portland, OR.  HEAL is within driving distance of the Pacific Coast, Cascade Mountains, Mt Rainier National Park, Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument, the Olympic Mountains and Olympic Peninsula.

The HEAL Ranch is For Sale – Contact our office for more information.

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The HEAL Ranch Facilities

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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!