Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY (EAP) through the EAGALA and EASE model is available at the Sanctuary. EAP incorporates horses for emotional growth and learning. EAP is a team approach to issues with a licensed therapist and an equine specialist working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals. Clients learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns.

The EASE therapy component specifically targets anxiety and trauma. EASE combines mindfulness and somatic (body) processing to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and facilitate healing.

Individual, family, and group sessions are available. Private pay is accepted and insurance credentialing is in process and will be accepted. Cost is $150 per individual session and appointments last 1 hour. You can save 10% by purchasing your 6 week session for $810. Insurance credentialing is in the works. Call 989-464-6907 or email sunriseanimalsanctuary@gmail.com to schedule or find out more information! Who better to do therapy than our rescue horses who have been through it all?

Meet Our Specialists:

Peggy Briggs, MA LPC is our certified EAGALA and EASE Mental Health Professional which qualifies her to provide experiential therapy by working with horses. Peggy pursued a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling as a second career. She has been practicing in Northern Michigan for 6 years. Peggy especially enjoys helping adults and adolescents struggling with low self-esteem, co-dependency, depression, and anxiety. Peggy has received specialized training from the Michigan Coalition to end Domestic and Sexual Trauma. She is qualified to assist both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.


Jessica Beatty is a certified Equine Specialist with EAGALA. Jess is a graduate of MSU Medical School. She currently owns and operates Bella Rose Skin Care & Wellness Center, Bella Rose Yoga & Fitness Studio, and The Refill Shoppe at Bella Rose. She also works at Freedom Recovery Center doing medication assisted addiction therapy. Jess has loved horses from a young age and is always growing and learning. Jess’ passion is to provide space for healing in both animals and people.


Beth Harzinski is a certified Equine Specialist with EAGALA and also the MI EAGALA networking coordinator. Beth is a graduate of Baker College with a BBA and is also a life coach. She currently owns and operates Reining Hope Ranch and works as an Equine Specialist at Sunrise Animal Sanctuary. Her knowledge of horses is extensive as she was raised around horses, trained with horses for three years in England, participated in equine activities for 4H and currently has 5 horses at her ranch.  Beth’s passion is to help facilitate healing through the relationship of horses and humans.