The therapists and equine specialists of Mane Support are certified through EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association). We have completed a comprehensive training and certification program in the EAGALA Model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning.
In addition, experience, degrees, and certifications are held in the fields of equine training and management, child development, and thanatology (the academic study of death among humans).
Founder and CEO of Mane Support, Author, Speaker
Kimberly’s passion of 15 years of hospice work with children and adults allowed her the vision for a different way of healing. With horses always being a part of her life, she developed Mane Support, an equine assisted grief counseling program for those who have experienced a death, who are anticipating the death of someone they know or who have experienced other types of trauma and PTSD issues. Whether in the schools, in the community or at the barn, Kimberly’s business model allows for learning, growth and healing.
Being certified through EAGALA, Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association at the Advanced Level pursuing Advanced Standing and ADEC, Association for Death, Education and Counseling, she is also an international speaker and educator regarding equine assisted counseling and nonprofit development. Her experiences have led her to share the knowledge that she has gained from the horses and those she has met through her books, Hoof to Heart, Henry the Horse and His Very Special Gift and Looking through the Eyes of Hope.
Kimberly considers all that she has learned, continues to learn from both people and horses and the opportunities she has to share those experiences to assist others, a God given gift and her life’s greatest honor.
Facilities and Volunteer Coordinator & Intern Laurel is a student at Johnson University and is seeking her undergraduate degree in Human Services in Counseling. She will be pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling upon finishing her undergraduate degree. Though she is just beginning her career as a therapist, Laurel is excited for her work as an Equine Specialist and eventually a Mental Health Counselor. She is currently pursuing her certification with the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA). She is an intern at Mane Support as well as the Operations and Facilities Coordinator. Horses have always been a large part of Laurel’s life, and her service at Mane Support only furthers the passion that she has for both horses and people!
Program Coordinator Jordan leads Mane Support’s Supporting Our School’s Program at Coulter Grove Intermediate. She currently holds a Bachelor’s of Art in Psychology and English Literature from the University of Tennessee and is pursuing her Master’s of Science in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is EAGALA certified as an Equine Specialist and Mental Health Professional. Though she does not have a horse of her own, many still remember Jordan as the “horse girl” from elementary school because her love of horses has always been a huge part of her life and character