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Cynthia Rank-Ballas, LPCC

Equine Therapy

Equine Therapy (equine-facilitated psychotherapy) is an experiential treatment approach. In the barn setting, equine facilitated therapeutic activities provide powerful tools for building self-awareness and self-esteem, trust, overcoming obstacles/fears, developing appropriate boundaries, and a sense of personal responsibility. Therapeutic interactions incorporate the power of the horse, the clinical skills of the therapist, and the hopes, dreams and challenges of the person working with the horse. The Life Healing Center has a private facility where individual sessions along with Saturday groups take place with the mountain views of the Sandia Mountains. Nature surrounds the Ranch with crystals, birds, cats, gardens, and a Great Pyrenees dog making it a peaceful opportunity for deep healing.

Cynthia Rank-Ballas, LPCC owns and operates Healing with Horses, and has been an adjunct therapist with the Life Healing Center since 1999. Cynthia holds a master’s degree in Guidance Counseling from the University of New Mexico. She is a board Certified Equine Interaction Profession in Mental Health along with having previous experience with Equine Assisted Learning and Growth, Adventures in Awareness and Challenge New Mexico. She has presented at conferences including the Equine Assistance Growth and Learning Association GALA, Southwestern College annual Transformational and Healing Conference, and the Healing with Horses Symposium. She lives and works on a magical property in Santa Fe with her human and animal family.

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Life Healing Center's treatment professionals were so amazing. Their program helped me turn my life around and I finally feel like myself again.

– Sara L.