where horses help heal


Group and Individual Sessions


Moving Forward From Loss

Join this group session to heal and cope with the pain of losing a loved one. Step into the next chapter of life while building community with others who can relate. Find the strength to make the most of this new normal.  This group welcomes those 18 and older.  Please call Debbie at 217.671.7225 to register.


Get the Most out of Life

This individual service can be tailored to help you live your best life. What challenges are holding you back? Discover ways to overcome those barriers using our unique equine assisted method. Contact Debbie at 217.671.7225 to schedule your first session. Available for ages 13 and up.


Community and Encouragement

When it's time for some self-care and socializing, this group may be for you! 'Betty' is slang for a confident, nurturing woman who is powerful, honest, brave and loyal. Join this group session and bring out your inner Betty. Take this opportunity to build a support network, find encouragement and empowerment.  This group welcomes those 18 and older.  Please call Debbie at 217.671.7225 to register.


How It Works


At The Stable we use the Eagala Model. The reason it is so effective is because it embraces the science that humans learn best by doing. The model uses a hands-on approach where space is given to project and analyze situations, make connections, and discover individualized solutions. Since the solutions are personally experienced in conjunction with intellectual understanding, they tend to be deeper, more profound, and longer lasting.

The Eagala Model is a team approach that includes a licensed, credentialed Mental Health Professional, a qualified Equine Specialist, and horses working together with groups or individuals in an arena.
When inside the arena, all the work is done on the ground with the horses front and center, deliberately unhindered and never ridden; they are allowed to interact as they wish. This creates an environment where, with the support of the professional facilitators, reflection, projection, and deep connections can be made.




I received my B.S. in Sociology from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, and my M.A. in Counseling from Lincoln Christian Seminary in Lincoln, Illinois. I have worked in the Christian Counseling field counseling children, adolescents, couples, families and individuals since 2004. Currently working as a Counselor and Administrator for Lincoln Pastoral Counseling Services allows me to use my gifts and skills to help others find growth and healing on their journey. 

My special interests include working with women’s issues, spiritual formation issues, infertility/pregnancy loss, anxiety, and grief/trauma.  The EAGALA experiential model of therapy brings a unique form of growth that I am excited to be a part of.

Professional Certifications and Affiliations

  • American Association of Christian Counselors

  • Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

  • EAGALA MHP certified


BS Animal Science, EAGALA ESP

Working as the Equine Specialist of the team, I hope to help others overcome obstacles to find peace and hope. I have personally benefitted from  spending time with horses and want to share that experience with others. I currently am blessed to live my childhood dream of owning a boarding and riding stable, Rolling Prairie Stables. My goal is to create an encouraging community of horse-lovers who support and cheer each other on.


"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."

Winston Churchill

The Stable is hosted by Rolling Prairie Stables in cooperation with Lincoln Pastoral Counseling Services.  

1616 N Union St. Lincoln, IL 62656


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"Look angry and a horse is likely to give you a sideways glance: using its left or sinister side. Its heart rate will increase, too. And both are indications that a horse can recognise a human emotion..." Click here for more info about how horses can recognize human emotion!

"With their powerful stature and ability to run with the wind, horses have intrigued humans for centuries. Strong, yet sensitive, with their attentive ears and large, expressive eyes, horses are wary of predators. They spook in response to a noise or sudden movement. And for decades now, horses have been included in therapy. What is it about horses that helps people heal?" Click here to find out why!

Watch this short video clip to get an idea of how Eagala sessions work. Bit of Hope Ranch offers services similar to The Stable.

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