In her youth, Shanna experienced the first devastating loss of her life after her two year old filly named Hope was injured in a tragic accident. Though Shanna's heart was broken, Hope had a half-sister in need of mercy and love. This fearful filly would not allow anyone to get near her until one day in a state of vulnerability Shanna was able to approach her. That day began a journey of healing for both of them, and the vision for Divine Interactions Equine Facilitated Wellness was born. Shanna has experienced first-hand the health benefits from interactions with horses and is eager to share this opportunity with others. Thanks to this filly she named "Divine", Shanna has combined her passions for horses and helping people discover their potential in life so that anyone can now experience a "divine interaction".
Shanna L. Aughenbaugh, MA, NCC, LPC, CCTP is sole member/owner of Divine Interactions Equine Facilitated Wellness, LLC. She is a licensed professional counselor, national certified counselor, certified clinical trauma professional, and trained and certified by the O.K. Corral Series by the founder of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy himself, Greg Kersten, in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning. Shanna earned her Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Geneva College. Growing up, Shanna participated in 4-H and youth rodeo events and has been loving and riding horses for over fourteen years. Shanna enjoys spending time with her family, five horses, and redbone coonhound, Ann. Shanna is pictured here with her Appaloosa mare, “Mighty Blues Divine”.
Divine Interactions Equine Facilitated Wellness, LLC is proud to announce collaboration with Boeser Equine!
Samantha Boeser is sole member/owner of Boeser Equine and is currently co-facilitating EAP sessions in the role of the horse professional. Sam is a 2009 Penn Hills High School graduate. She is also trained and certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning through the O.K. Corral Series by Greg Kersten. For over thirteen years she has been riding and working with a variety of different horses. Her passions and ambitions in life have been greatly impacted by the many hardships she faced with her childhood horse, Roxy. As a teenager, Sam had to cope with the tragedy of Roxy breaking her leg and the several complications that followed. From there, she pursued work as a veterinary technician for the last 9 years. Now, she is filled with zeal to help people through horses just as Roxy has always done for her! Sam is pictured below with Roxy, who is now doing well and loving life on the farm!
Behind the Name
Definitions According to Merriam-Webster:
Divine - of, relating to, or proceeding directly from God; supremely good (also the name of Shanna’s very special mare who spurred the vision)
Interaction - mutual or reciprocal action or influence
Equine - of, relating to, or resembling a horse or the horse family
Facilitate - to make easier, help bring about, as in “facilitate growth”
Wellness - the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal
Put it all together, and Divine Interactions Equine Facilitated Wellness, LLC is all about utilizing horses by the grace of God to influence and promote an optimal state of health and wellbeing like people have never experienced before!
What is EAP?
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) offers experiential psychotherapy sessions to individuals, couples, families, and groups in an outpatient mental health treatment context. “Natural horse and herd behavior are observed and honored as a model for healthful human behavior. Equine-assisted exercises are designed to elicit metaphors and self-awareness. These exercises help clients recognize their own behaviors and patterns and create their own solutions. The term Equine Assisted Psychotherapy was coined by Greg Kersten in the early 1990s to describe the exercises he created to work with at-risk and incarcerated youth. The field of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy continues to grow and adapt to every type of psychotherapy client” (OK Corral Series, 2017).
Common Issues Which May Benefit from EAP:
-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
...and many more!
How Does EAP Work?
“Equine-assisted work honors the natural behavior of horses and herds. Horses are skilled at keeping themselves safe and adept at survival; their natural behaviors are optimal for mental and physical health. In many respects, humans have lost the instinct to keep themselves safe and healthy. We entrust horses to show us the way back to health. Work and observation in the horse world lends itself to extremely powerful metaphors into our own patterns, strengths, and the nonverbal messages we send out. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy implements the power of equine-assisted principles and exercises to introduce therapy clients to themselves in a modality that has been found to be more efficient and less threatening than traditional talk therapy” (OK Corral Series, 2017). Clients take an active role in their treatment to creatively explore and find their own solutions, and the horses help to facilitate this process!
OK Corral Series. (2017). What is EAP?. Retrieved from http://okcorralseries.com/faq
OK Corral Series. (2017). Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL). Retrieved from http://okcorralseries.com/about