These beautiful creatures help heal: New nonprofit offers therapy through interaction with horses

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Co-founders Stacey Garcelon and Sandy Cogswell are proud to announce the launch of horse-assisted therapy programs at their new non-profit organization, Anam Cara Stables Inc., located in Galena Township and serving northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan.

Programs offered at Anam Cara follow the EAGALA model. Rather than mounting or riding a horse, EAGALA sessions take place on the ground facilitated by both a licensed mental health professional and a qualified equine specialist.

Cogswell said: “This allows both the individual and the horse to be authentically themselves. Horses respond with unique insight into exactly who we are in the moment. They are profoundly gifted reflectors of our true selves because as prey animals, their instincts for their very survival depends on reading us right. This provides a unique opportunity for self-discovery.”

Sessions are accompanied by structured goals and activities in which horses are used to achieve therapeutic change in participants. Both Garcelon and Cogswell are certified in, and strong advocates for, the EAGALA model.

Anam Cara literally means “Soul Friend.” In the Celtic tradition, an Anam Cara is a teacher, companion or spiritual guide. With an Anam Cara, a person can share his or her innermost self without fear or judgment.

Garcelon said: “In everyone’s life, there is a great need for an Anam Cara; a soul friend who accepts you for who you are, where you are, and accompanies you on the path of self-discovery and self-acceptance. In this relationship, you are truly understood without mask or pretension. At Anam Cara Stables, the horses become our Anam Caras: our soul friends. They help us heal and bring us home to our authentic selves.”

Anam Cara Stables provides services for enhancing school success as well as recovering from trauma, grief/loss, PTSD, eating disorders, anger management, self-esteem/self-worth, ADHD, addiction, anxiety disorders, depression, and other mental health and relationship issues.

Anam Cara Stables is offering a free “Introduction to Eagala” session, open to all ages, on June 24, 2017, from 10 a.m. to noon. RSVP to the Anam Cara Stables Facebook page or to for details.

Anam Cara Stables is accepting appointments and inquiries. Visit or contact StaceyGarcelon, 219-448-8109; Sandy Cogswell, 219-608-0093; or email

2 Responses to “These beautiful creatures help heal: New nonprofit offers therapy through interaction with horses”

  1. Bobbie

    Jun 06. 2017

    What a wonderful opportunity for young people in our area. I wish you the utmost success.

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    Jun 07. 2017


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