Patti Mandrell, M.Ed, LPC

Patti Mandrell, M.Ed, LPC

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Patti Mandrell, M.Ed, LPC is cofounder and Executive Director of Refuge Services in Lubbock, Texas. Prior, Patti served as Program Director for a residential treatment center for girls with eating disorders in south Texas. Patti was the first professional counselor to be nationally certified in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) in the state of Texas, and she and her husband, Randy, were among the first group to reach highest training status within EAP in the country. She has been incorporating EAP for over 19 years and a therapist for over 20 years. Growing up with horses, she has over 40 years experience with horses and is qualified as an Equine Specialist as well. She is a certified trainer for the International Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. Patti received her master’s degree in counseling and a bachelor's degree in Human Development/Family Studies at Texas Tech University. She has been spotlighted and interviewed in numerous state, national, and international publications and broadcastings promoting the use of EAP when working with various client populations. She is the author of the internationally known textbook “Introduction to Equine Assisted Psychotherapy,” which is currently used in several colleges and universities around the world.

"Being one of the first Eagala providers in Texas has provided numerous opportunities to share about the model and experience sessions with people who were skeptical about EAP and, often, therapy in general. I wear many hats as an educator, practitioner, and administrator. Managing a facility that incorporates Eagala model and PATH services can be complex. This creates opportunities to discuss boundaries, ethics, and collaboration. I work alongside my husband, who is a horse trainer; and we have collaborated in this work for over 19 years...working as a husband/wife team allows us unique opportunities to keep our 'S in check. We have new awareness's daily that continue to sharpen skills and aid in getting to know our horses, clients, and selves better. I enjoy sharing these experiences with others. We are a Christian non-profit and provide services from a faith-based model."

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