The Therapeutic Team
When their paths first crossed in Washington DC, the founders of Bella Terra Stables unknowingly shared similar dreams of a full time career in equine-assisted therapy work. Whether serendipitous or coincidence, leave it to the horses to bring together the perfect match for our equine-assisted psychotherapy team, which consists of a licensed mental health professional, an equine specialist, and of course, horses.
Amber is the third generation of horse professionals in her family to make Murrysville, PA her home after returning from a 20-year career as the General Manager of Rock Creek Park Horse Center, Washington DC's only public stable. Her frequent observation of the healing power horses had for people led her to seek and achieve certification as an Equine Specialist through EAGALA in 2018. In 2021, her desire to be more informed in equine-assisted psychotherapy encouraged her to become a founding member of Arenas for Change (ARCH), and was also O.K. Corral certified. Early in 2023 she completed training for the Equine-Assisted EMDR protocol.
Ilse's experience of living abroad in Papua New Guinea, Australia, and Austria, laid a strong foundation for compassionate service and an informed global perspective on the human conditions of suffering and healing. After a 15 year career as a professional photographer, Ilse returned to University for an MA in Professional Counseling Psychology and became a licensed professional counselor (LPC). More recently, she became trained in EMDR therapy and is working on Trauma certification. Early in 2019, Ilse became a certified Mental Health Professional with EAGALA, later in 2021, also became O.K. Corral certified, and early in 2023 was trained in the Equine-Assisted EMDR protocol.