P.A.T.H. Int'l Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
Equine Facilitated Learning Coach
Somatic Experiencing® Advanced Training Graduate
Jane began her lifelong love of horses as a competitive rider. When she left the world of traditional horsemanship behind, she had no idea that horses would ever become an integral part of her life again. It was not until she began to study the principles and practices of natural horsemanship that she came to understand what horses had to teach us about how we come across to others, about being in the moment and how to bring out the best in ourselves.
She is an accredited Experiential Learning with Horses Instructor who graduated from the Eponaquest Program in Tucson, AZ in 2005 and is also a certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning through P.A.T.H. Int'l.
Prior to returning to a life centered around working with horses, she was a professional coach and facilitator who has taught leaders and individuals how to 'take back the reins' in their own lives. She's coached young people and adults through transitions from home to school, recovery to sobriety and changes in their careers.
Beginning in 2009, in learning about the rising suicide rate among veterans, Jane and David decided to focus their attention on this group of men and women who were sometimes resistant to talk therapy and whose symptoms were often only masked by medication. They based their program on what they had learned at Eponaquest Program. General Patraeus (Ret.) recognized this program for its soundness and sensitivity to these men and women who have served their country in this way. They have also studied the work of Dr. Peter Levine at the Somatic Experiencing Training Institute and both completed this program in 2015.
Jane is an Accredited Enneagram Teacher, has studied with the Coaches Training Institute, the Center for Authentic Leadership and the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
David Sonatore, LCSW
Somatic Experiencing® Advanced Training Graduate
David is a certified Experiential Learning with Horses Instructor. He also graduated from the Eponaquest Program in Tucson, AZ in 2005. He brings his inherent gifts of compassion, curiosity and intuition to this work and has an uncanny sense of identifying the human concerns that lie beneath the surface.
In his unique, gentle way, David is able to help veterans and others we work with learn how to make sense out of feelings and discover new ways of seeing through old patterns so that they can move from surviving to thriving.
He's also a therapist with a private practice in NYC and Bedford, NY and is a certified Dr. Martha Beck Life Coach (frequent guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show and O Magazine columnist). David developed his clinical skills by working with inmates in the New York State Correctional system and outpatient clients at the psychiatric clinic of St. Vincent's Hospital in NYC. David has also completed his final year of study at the Somatic Experiencing Training Institute where he is honing his skills as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.
David's father served in World War II, so he also has a deep understanding of the impact that military service can have on relationships at hom, work and school.
Energy Medicine Practitioner
Equine Massage Therapist
Tracie is a Reiki Master and Instructor who also does equine massage. She provides a deep understanding of horses and human nature that is both enlightening and useful to our veterans. Her role with us is to keep our horses emotionally and mentally safe as well as to provide insights into the veterans' experience that most of us don't see.
Tracie lives and practices in Lakeville, CT.
Ali is our resident 'nurse' who has been with us since we began. She is first and foremost a horse-lover, a compassionate human being and has the kind of optimism we all need to keep going when the going seems hard.
Ali has also studied with Linda Kohanov at the Eponaquest Program in Tucson, AZ and earned her R.N. from Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport, CT.
Howard E. Stephens
Howie has been working with horses since he was 11. He wrangled at a riding stable and roped steers on Quarter Horses. He couldn't join the military himself (due to an hip deformity), but his father and three of his brothers have served in the Armed Forces.
Breathwork Practitioner, Energy Healer
Christine has had horses in her life since she was 8 years old. She has a deep appreciation for their capacity to teach and to model the fact that it takes time to build trust. Christine knows that horses are easy once you understand their natures as prey animals. If they feel safe, they'll open their world up to us in a way that opens our own minds more than we ever thought possible. Moving into breathwork and energy healing was a natural evolution from being around and with horses for so many years.
Instructor in Training
Leslie is an experienced rider and former horse owner. She also has her Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning certification from PATH. Working for 10 years with an equine vet gave her the opportunity to observe and appreciate first hand the relationship between human and horse. It is the healing effect horses have on people that brings her to our program and makes her contribution to our program invaluable.
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The Equus Effect
37 Drum Road, Sharon, CT 06069
Jane Strong (860) 364-5363
David Sonatore (860) 364-5363
The Equus Effect is a registered 501-C3 corporation. All contributions are 100% tax deductible.