Our unparalleled, multi-disciplinary team is comprised of professionals who are passionate about the natural wisdom of horses and their ability to promote human growth and change. All team members integrate their certification in Equine Assisted Growth and Learning and the belief that deep self-understanding, and emotional intelligence are key components of happy, successful lives, relationships, and organizations.
Vallerie E. Coleman, PsyD, PhD, (PSY12592) is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who has been in practice for over 20 years. She is the founder, CEO, and Clinical Director of Stand InBalance and also maintains a private practice in Westlake Village, CA. Dr. Coleman combines her expertise in psychology, group dynamics, and systems with her love and respect for horses – maximizing the powerful capacity these magnificent animals have for facilitating human growth and development. She is passionate about the importance of Emotional Intelligence and helping leaders and teams create great workplaces and successful organizations. Certified by both EAGALA and E3A [Equine Experiential Education Association],Dr. Coleman’s approach is grounded in a combination of attachment theory, somatic psychology, and object relations theory.
In addition to speaking at conferences and leading workshops, she has been on faculty at Loyola Marymount University, the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute, and Antioch University. She was a guest expert on the Dr. Phil show and is a contributor in the book: Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling.
Listen to a radio interview with Dr. Val below!
Dr. Val radio interview on Debra & Kellie, LA Talk Radio
Natasha Filippides, PhD, (PSB94023199) is an EAGALA certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist and Psychological Assistant at Stand InBalance. Since childhood, Natasha has been around horses; training and competing in both jumping and dressage disciplines. Her particular areas of interest include working with adults & young adults to develop a greater capacity for self awareness, relationship satisfaction, and career success. Natasha also enjoys working with pre-teens and teenagers dealing with challenges such as social anxiety, behavioral issues, bullying and life transitions. She specializes in working with depression, anxiety, trauma (PTSD), relationship issues, grief/bereavement, issues around sexuality, addiction and dual-diagnosis.
Lesley Sears is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT8373 – Arizona) and an MFTI here in California. She is also a Certified Life Coach through the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and has training and certification as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). This certification uniquely equips her to help resolve trauma issues in a gentle and effective way. For over 10 years, Lesley has been helping individuals, couples & families of all ages overcome challenges and live the lives they were created for by working through issues of depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, etc. She also specializes in pre-marital and marital issues. Her love of animals and her passion for horses, combined with her somatic training, makes equine assisted psychotherapy a natural fit. Prior to moving to California, Lesley was on staff at the world renowned Remuda Ranch, an incredibly effective program for girls, women and men struggling with eating disorders, and later served as a Clinical Supervisor at A Sober Way Home, focused on substance abuse and regularly featured on the television show Intervention, as well as Oprah. As a Christian who works with people of all faiths, she feels blessed and honored to be a part of your growth and healing process.
Terry M. Carroll, ES, CATC1 is an EAGALA certified Equine Specialist and CAADE certified Addictions Treatment Counselor. At Stand InBalance, Terry is able to combine her extensive training and experience in natural horsemanship with her dedication to helping people reach their potential. As an Equine Specialist, Terry assists in the development and training of the horses as well as helping maintain the comfort and safety of the herd. The mother of five children and several rescued animals; she also is a member of the Mounted Volunteer Patrol.
Lorraine Rose, PhD (PSY12803) is a clinical psychologist and EAGALA certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist. She is also the founder of Relationships Inc. In addition to her duties at Stand InBalance, Dr. Rose is the Clinical Training Director at the Maple Counseling Center and maintains private practices in Beverly Hills and Westlake Village, CA. She specializes in working with couples and also provides consultation and communication training for organizations.
Lisa Dyck, M.S. (LMFT84472) is an EAGALA certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. After raising her family, Lisa returned to school, receiving her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from California Lutheran University with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. She enjoys working with adolescents, couples and families and specializes in relationship discord and parenting support. In addition to her work at Stand InBalance, Lisa maintains a private practice in Westlake.
Kimberly Wick is a licensed Psychotherapist (MFC44171) and EAGALA certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist. She also has an MBA from Loyola Marymount University and 20 years of experience in sales and leadership. In addition to her work at Stand InBalance, Kimberly is the family therapist for Engage Recovery and Engage Me, an intensive outpatient program for teens with addiction and/or mental health challenges. Kimberly also maintains a clinical practice in Westlake Village bringing experience, strength and hope to her clients.
All Stand InBalance Professionals are EAGALA Certified.
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Stand InBalance is located in the beautiful
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