Beth Avolio, Ph.D.
After obtaining a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Akron I worked for many years in both agency and private practice settings with a focus on family dynamics and at-risk youth. In addition to Eagala Advanced Certification and training to become a mentor in the Eagala model I have been previously certified through PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) and CBEIP (Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals). Since moving from the office to the arena I have facilitated groups for at-risk youth in residential treatment and in-patient substance abuse programs as well as equine assisted learning programs for schools. I have co-facilitated numerous corporate training's and workshops in leadership development and team building and conducted training's in attending to nonverbal cues for medical personnel. I currently have a private practice which encompasses a wide variety of presenting problems and work with a nonprofit organization providing EAP to delinquent adolescents. Licensed psychologist in the States of Washington, Nebraska and New York.
"Since discovering the Eagala model in 2003 I have completely moved out of the office and into the arena. Being able to utilize an experiential approach with equine co-facilitators has expanded the depth and breadth of my practice exponentially. I have been privileged to observe the efficacy of EAP and EAL to enhance personal insight and promote behavioral change.
The Eagala concepts of acknowledging that the client must lead the therapeutic process and of maintaining an open and curious mind hold particular resonance for me. The opportunity for clients to identify patterns and examine those that serve them as well as practice how to change those that don't in real time, rather than talking about them in an office setting, can bring profound and lasting change."