∙ EAGALA Certified Mental Health Specialist ∙ PATH Int’l Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning ∙ Pursuing certification in Natural Lifemanship Trauma-Informed Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy
An east coast native and Austin transplant of 15 years, Hadley Hill has been working in the mental health field for ten years and has merged her experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor with her lifelong experience as an equestrian and all around horse lover to forge a career path that she sees as a marriage of her two passions. Hadley has had the privilege of working with a wide variety of clients in the field of equine-facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) – including at-risk youth as well as adults struggling with trauma and addiction – and witnessing how transformative this work can be for all of them. The focus of Hadley’s work with clients centers around the importance of relationship and connection to our survival, for both humans and equines alike.
Born and raised in Arkansas, Sarah Beth knew from a very early age she had a passion for horses. At 13 she finally convinced her father that it was more than the average little girl’s fantasy. He bought her two mustangs that forged her path in life. The relationship she built with those horses allowed significant healing and growth. Having had such a life-changing experience she knew she wanted to help both horses and people. Initially going to college with the intention of becoming a veterinarian, she ended up choosing to pursue a different way of working with horses. She learned about PATH International, and then through volunteering at a therapeutic riding facility she was introduced to Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy. It seemed the perfect fit, because it mirrors the experience she had with her own horse. Now she enjoys being a part of other people’s healing and growth by partnering with horses to help them navigate their own relationship patterns and struggles in a way that allows them to thrive.
We are located on 14 beautiful, serene acres on County Rd. 463 in quiet Elgin, TX. We have two large pastures with shade shelters as well as a round pen in which we will conduct most of our sessions, weather permitting. Our 4-stall barn also contains an office, a comfy waiting lounge, an ADA-compliant restroom, a kitchenette with fridge and water cooler, and a very spacious center aisle that provides plenty of room for us to comfortably conduct sessions indoors in the event of bad weather. We have parking space, as well as two beautiful ponds on the property. The quiet country setting provides a sense of peace and privacy and is very conducive to our clients’ therapeutic experience. We invite our clients to relish the small escape from the hustle and bustle of life closer to the city and access their own inner sense of peace.
Our therapeutic work at Unbroken centers first and foremost around the importance of healthy connection and relationship to the survival of not only ourselves as humans, but of our equine partners as well. We draw largely from the Natural Lifemanship trauma-informed model of equine therapy, but also draw inspiration from other models as well as incorporating some elements that we have developed on our own over time. We provide clients with some psychoeducation to help them understand their own brains better and put a lot of emphasis on emotional regulation throughout the session. We believe our clients are the true “experts” on themselves and already have their own best answers within them; we are simply here to guide and facilitate their process, provide a safe space in which to do so, and offer tools to help them along their journey to empower them to live lives beyond what they thought possible for themselves.
We see clients age 16 and up who are struggling with the emotional, behavioral and/or psychosomatic effects of trauma – whether the nature of that trauma is physical or emotional, recent, ongoing, or from long ago. We work primarily with individuals, but also reserve several time slots a week for group sessions with clients from treatment centers or outside therapists we contract with.
∙ All sessions are unmounted - clients will interact with the horses on the ground and will not be riding ∙ Duration: all sessions (individual and group) are two hours ∙ All sessions are conducted by both Hadley and Sarah Beth, as this type of therapy requires a mental health professional and an equine professional working together to maximize physical and emotional safety of the therapeutic space
Payments are due at time of services and we accept most forms of payment including check, cash, credit card, Venmo and Paypal.
Insurance: We do not currently bill insurance, but we are happy to provide a detailed receipt of services at your request for you to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement.
Mondays and Tuesdays:
9 AM – 11 AM12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
9 AM – 11 AM12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Wednesdays and Thursdays:
10 AM – 12 PM
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM