Individual Therapy

Individual Therapy at Cultivate Counseling Center is different than therapy anywhere else. For instance, we strive to move the session outside and into nature. Clients should expect to spend the majority of time interacting with animals or working in nature. However, As much as we believe in the farm based approach, we also recognize that sometimes it is more appropriate to process inside one of our private offices. Every client is given the opportunity to get to know the farm and identify which spaces feel comfortable and with which animals they personally connect. From this information, we create individualized treatment plans and create a highly specialized therapeutic experience.

We also offer couples and family counseling when appropriate, please contact us for more details about couples and family counseling.

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Cultivate utilizes the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model for Equine Therapy. The Eagala Model is a distinct experience-based, team-approach framework designed to empower clients to analyze their situations, make connections, and find their own solutions through personal and physical experiences. The Eagala Model is so effective because it embraces the philosophy that humans learn best by doing. The model prescribes a hands-on approach where clients are given the space to project and analyze their situations, make connections, and find their own 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

We utilize the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model which is solidly grounded in well-established and researched psychological therapies (such as Gestalt, Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy, and Experiential Psychotherapy)

The EAGALA Model provides a standard and structure for providing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning sessions.  Practicing within a model establishes a foundation of key values and beliefs, and provides a basis of good practice and professionalism.  The EAGALA Model provides a framework of practice, but within that framework, there are infinite opportunities for creativity and adaptability to various therapeutic and facilitating styles.

  • The Team Approach – An Equine Specialist, a Mental Health professional, and horses work together with clients in all EAGALA sessions.

  • Focus on the ground – No horseback riding is involved. Instead, effective and deliberate techniques are utilized where the horses are metaphors in specific ground-based experiences.

  • Solution-Oriented – The basis of the EAGALA Model is a belief that all clients have the best solutions for themselves when given the opportunity to discover them. Rather than instructing or directing solutions, we allow our clients to experiment, problem-solve, take risks, employ creativity, and find their own solutions that work best for them.

  • Code of Ethics – EAGALA has high standards of practice and ethics and an ethics committee and protocol for upholding these standards, ensuring best practices and the highest level of care.


  • The Horse:  Horses have many characteristics which lend them to being effective agents of change, including honesty, awareness, and ability with nonverbal communication.  The role of the horses in an EAGALA session is to be themselves.

  • The Equine Specialist (ES): The ES chooses the horses to be used in sessions, works with the MH to structure sessions, keeps an equine log to document horse behaviors in sessions, stays aware of safety and welfare of clients, horses, and team, and makes observations of horse SPUD’s (an EAGALA-developed observation framework taught in the certification training program) which can bring in potential metaphors.

  • The Mental Health Professional (MH): The MH is responsible for treatment planning, documentation of clients, and ensuring ethical practice. The MH builds on the ES’s horse observations, bringing in the metaphoric and therapeutic/learning relevance of the session.

More about EAPT/ EAL

EAP/L has been successfully used with individuals of all ages, family groups, corporate teams, in prisons, and in schools. Research supports EAP/L as a valid method to learn about and understand personal emotions, develop empathy and a sense of responsibility, increase problem solving skills, trust, boundary setting, and group cohesion.

EAP/L addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioral issues, developmental and neurological disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship issues and communication needs. It is possible that EAP/L can reach clients where traditional therapy cannot. Both EAP and EAL are powerful and effective approaches that have a lasting impact on individuals, young people, families and groups.

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Equine Therapy

Group Therapy

Teens Expressive Arts Group

Cultivate offers a 6 session group for teens combining nature-based, animal-assisted, and expressive arts on the farm! The farm setting and creative activities help foster engagement, making it easy for teens to have fun and share interests with others. You don't have to be an artist; just feel free to create and see what happens! It's the process, not the product, that is the goal.

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Parents & caregivers Group

Join Michelle Drolsbaugh, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, for a drop-in parenting group for caregivers of children and teens with mental health issues.

This group meets at Cultivate Care Farms on specific Saturdays through June from 10:00-11:00am. Each session costs $30. Please RSVP to the Site Director, Megan Moran, by the Wednesday prior to the group you would like to attend at:

Dates and Topics Include:

5/04: Improving Family Time

Share ideas about how to improve the quality of our time with our children. We will talk about different ways to positively engage children and youth in family time. 

5/11: Grief and Loss

A move, the death of a family member or beloved pet, or the ending of a relationship. These kinds of experiences can leave our children sad, angry, anxious, and confused. Join us to talk about how to support the child in your life through the grieving process. 

5/18: Substance Use

Marijuana, vaping, alcohol, oh my! Join us to talk about how substance use impacts youth, why they use substances, and how to keep them safe. 

6/01: Preparing for Summer

The transition to summer can bring excitement and and stress. Join us to talk about how to manage the changes that come with the end of the school year. 

6/09: Wrap-up 

Celebrate summer and our journey together. We will review what we’ve talked about, spend some time with the animals, and get ready for a great summer. 

Group for NEUROLOGICALLY atypical individuals

For adolescents ages 12-20 with mild to moderate impairment in social functioning due to Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental disabilities, or communication disorder. Participants will: 

●    Learn and practice social skills to make and keep friends

●    Complete group and independent tasks to practice working together and independently

●    Learn to care for animals and plants to experience regulatory effects of engaging with animals and natural world 

●    Create art projects to engage creativity

*May also be appropriate for other clients- please contact to see if this group is appropriate for your child.

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