Jackie Paulson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and EAGALA certified facilitator, is excited to announce her collaboration with STARS, inc. offering both Equine Assisted Counseling and Equine Assisted Learning.

Whether you are experiencing everyday stress, relationship problems or perhaps grief or trauma; the power of horses can bring in a dynamic that truly deepens the healing process as they do no differentiate; yet yearn for connection and harmony.  Perhaps you have a group or business that you are working with and would like to learn how to improve communication or mindfulness, we do that too!

what is it?

Equine Assisted Counseling is a team approach to healing through the power of story, experiences and connection with the horse(s).  In EAGALA model, the groundwork is promoted, meaning the main goal is not to ride the horse and horsemanship skills are not the focus.  Instead, the facilitators (typically two consisting of an Equine Specialist and Licensed Therapist), client and horse enter into a storyboard of healing that is open, spacious and directed by the client.  At times, we will use various experiences to explore more at depth what might be happening for the client in their lives. 

It is very client directed and horse focused.  This allows a safe space for healing and connection to occur.  We also offer Equine Assisted Learning which is an invitation to teams, businesses and other groups who may be interested in exploring experiential activities to enhance your goals and intentions as a collective.

who are we?

Jackie Paulson is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist. She works in collaboration with STARS, Inc. which has three different certified Equine Specialists including Julie Dorn, Jerusha Goulette and Brooke McBride.  

(If you are a Licensed therapist and called to offer EAP with your clients, you may contact Julie Dorn at STARS, Inc. for more information on how to get this started 712-239-5042.)

where is it?

Sessions are held at the STARS, Inc. Barn located at 33148 Co Rd K22, Sioux City, IA 51108.


I discovered that the horse is life itself, a metaphor but also an example of life’s mystery and unpredictability, of life’s generosity and beauty, a worthy object of repeated and ever-changing contemplation.
— Jane Smiley


Currently, we offer private pay sessions for $150 per session. Sessions typically last 50 minutes. If you are interested but the financial investment is a barrier, please do not hesitate to contact Jackie to discuss potential options. You may also submit to your own insurance if you wish and we are hoping to be accepting insurance soon.

Interested in learning more? Contact Jackie @ 712-490-7705 or by email info@beyogasc.com.

**Would you rather start in office?  Jackie is now accepting private pay counselling clients through {be}studio offering mindfulness-based therapy.

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