Our Team

Veronica Lac, PhD. LPC

Director of The HERD Institute:

Veronica Lac, PhD. LPC has 20 years of experience as a corporate trainer and mental health professional providing her with an integrated perspective to equine-facilitated work. Her academic background includes a Masters in Training and Performance Management, a Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy, and a PhD in Psychology. She is trained in a number of models of equine-facilitated work, including a mentorship in Adventures in Awareness with Barbara Rector, a pioneering influence in this field. This has allowed her to combine her theoretical understanding into a relational and embodied approach. Veronica is passionate about bringing a cultural competence framework into the equine-facilitated field.

Veronica was a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist in the United Kingdom, and since moving to the United States in 2011, has gained licensure as a professional counselor and completed her PhD in Psychology through Saybrook University. She specializes in working with eating disorders, trauma, and attachment and has developed equine and canine-assisted programs for at-risk adolescents in collaboration with residential treatment centers and eating disorder clinics. She is also a PATH registered therapeutic riding instructor for clients with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities. Veronica believes that research is the key to supporting equine-facilitated psychotherapy as an evidence-based modality, has multiple publications internationally in peer-reviewed journals. Veronica is on the Executive Board of a number of professional organizations including American Psychological Association Division 32 (Secretary), University Professors Press (Editor), and The Humanitarian Alliance. She is also a peer-reviewer for The Journal of Humanistic Psychology, and The Humanistic Psychologist.

Sarah Morehouse, MCouns, EFPL, CTRI

Program Manager and EFL Level 1 Instructor

Sarah Morehouse is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, receiving her Masters in Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue). She holds her certification in therapeutic horseback riding instruction with Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International and her certification in Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning with The HERD. Sarah has working in the therapeutic horseback riding and equine-facilitated learning field for the past 11 years. She also was the equine-facilitated psychotherapist at Prosperity Eating Disorders and Wellness Center in Herndon, VA, before moving to Florida in February of 2019.

Sarah has worked with horses for over 25 years, understanding and advocating for the power that horses can have in helping to heal. She specializes in work with teenagers and children, in addition to having experience running groups, workshops, and working with adult and senior populations. Sarah is passionate about her work and continues learning new approaches, stays abreast of current research, and is truly passionate about helping people heal through working with horses. Sarah is expanding her role within The HERD Institute as the Program Manager, as well as stepping into an EFL Level 1 Instructor and Mentor role.

Alison McCabe, MS, GEP

EFL Level 1 Instructor

Alison McCabe is a registered psychotherapist and certified Gestalt Equine Psychotherapist (2013). She is a graduate of Prescott College with a Specialization in Couples’ and Families’ Counseling, and a Concentration in Equine-Assisted Mental Health. She is also a Level III graduate of the Reach Out to Horses horsemanship program with Anna Twinney. She offers equine sessions for individuals, couples, and families who are struggling with relationships, self-confidence, compulsive or addictive behaviors and patterns, and parent-child conflicts. She facilitates workshops for individuals that focus on working with the body, energy, and mindfulness to increase self-awareness and connection. With a background in education, she has developed programs for teens to learn about horses, and has facilitated a wide range of workshops and equine-facilitated learning experiences. Alison joins The HERD Institute as an EFL Level 1 Instructor and Mentor.

Danielle Mills, BACP, EFPL

EFL Level 1 Instructor

Danielle specializes in working with children and young people in a variety of settings including psychiatric inpatient care, community mental health, education, and residential care within the statutory, private and voluntary sector. She has a BSc with first class honours in Counselling and Therapeutic Studies from Leeds Metropolitan University; CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling working within an integrative model; Advanced Motivational Interviewing; Neurolinguistic Programming Practitioner training, Time Line Therapy training and Hypnotherapy training with Inspire 360.  She is a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision.  Danielle is also a Senior LEAP Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning (EFP/L) Practitioner. Danielle graduated from The HERD Institute’s Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy training in 2018.

Danielle has set up a successful not for profit in the UK called Pony Partnerships and works with children and young people, working alongside horses in EFL groups and individual EFP sessions. This includes children from a local school for the deaf, with whom Danielle can communicate up to BSL Level 1, and young people who have been excluded from mainstream education. Danielle also works with the local post-adoption team to offer support to families after the adoption process, where they need more support.

Danielle has just submitted her PhD to the University of Nottingham looking at young men and health, as well as lecturing at the University of Derby.  She is also part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded team looking at anorexia in young men, and has been teaching within universities for 7 years and very much enjoys teaching online.

She lives with her husband, 2 dogs, 3 parrots, a tortoise and 4 degu. They also have 4 horses and a cat!

Jude Jennison, EFPL

EFL Level 1 Instructor
Jude Jennison began EFL in 2012 after overcoming her fear of horses. She went on to train with HorseDream, bought her first horse and began delivering EFL to corporate leaders and teams. The challenges she overcame are documented in her book Leadership beyond measure (2015)Jude’s previous experience includes 16 years in IBM, where she managed a budget of > $1 billion and led UK, European and global teams.
Frequently described as courageous and inspirational, Jude challenges the status quo as an author, speaker and in her EFL work. She believes that the decisions made in business have a major impact on people and society and leading responsibly is crucial to the future of the human race as well as the planet.
Since graduating from The HERD Institute, Jude has grown her business substantially. She published her second book Leading through uncertainty in May 2018 and launched a leadership podcast of the same name where she interviews leaders on overcoming the challenges of our time.
For more information on Jude’s work, books and podcast, visit her website www.judejennison.com

Michelle Hitt, EFPL

EFL Level 1 Instructor

Like so many of us, Michelle was initially drawn to EFPL to combine her love of horses with her desire to help humans heal.

Her experience with horses spans over 30 years and has included breeding, training, rehabilitation and competitive riding. In more recent years she has focused on gaining more understanding of equine behaviour and developing the relationship between horses and humans.

Her professional background is varied and includes a career in personal development, leadership and HR in the Royal Air Force before she decided to change course and move to a more therapeutic role. She qualified as a counsellor in 2016 and has studied several models of EFPL over a 5 year period. She graduated from the HERD Institute’s first UK EFPL course in 2018.

Since then she has continued to develop her own counselling and EFPL practice at her farm in Lincolnshire, alongside her herd of 13 horses and numerous other animals. She works predominantly with young people, families and couples and she has a passion for working with relationships, whether they be human, non-human or both!

As part of her CPD, Michelle is currently undertaking a Learning Horse program with Francesco de Giorgio of Learning Animals (and author of “Equus Lost”) This is helping her to further deepen her relationship with her horses and is also bringing a new perspective to her EFPL work.

Elizabeth McCorvey, LCSW

Elizabeth McCorvey, LCSW, is a Psychotherapist and Anti-Racist Educator living in Asheville, NC. She works with college students at UNC-Asheville, and is the co-owner of a private practice where she works with adults using equine-assisted psychotherapy. She has an additional office where she primarily works with people who are Minoritized and/or experiencing Racial Trauma. Elizabeth is a passionate advocate for anti-racism and equity in the Mental Health world and frequently facilitates workshops and consultation events for therapists on the subject.

You can find out more about Elizabeth at www.elizabethmccorvey.com

Elisabeth Crabtree, MSc., GEP, MIAEB, AIRSB

Equine Consultant

In addition to a long career as a Business & Management consultant, Elisabeth (Lis) also has extensive experience teaching at colleges and universities. Lis combines her life-long horsemanship skills with her business experience in order to develop equine-facilitated programs. She works with individuals and groups, with an emphasis on professional and business development, communication skills, and team building. A lifelong equestrian, she is certified through the Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies in Gestalt Equine Psychotherapy (GEP), holds an OK Corral Series certification in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) & Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), as well as a Masters in Education & Training. She is an official coach with the International Society of Rider Biomechanics, a founding member of the International Association of Equestrian Biomechanics, and a Certified Equine First Aid Instructor through Equi-Health Canada, all of which supports her somatically based approach to EFPL. Lis is our Equine Consultant, overseeing the completion of Equine First Aid and any horsemanship development needs for students.

Catherine Anne Frend-Gillihan BS, MAHSC, M.Ed. (in progress) EFPL, EFAI, CHC

Equine Consultant

Catherine (Kat) is a graduate of Liberty University with both her Bachelors and Masters degrees and has earned her certifications in both Equine-Facilitated Learning and Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy from The HERD Institute. She has completed training with Elisabeth Crabtree and has become an Instructor for Equi-Health Canada / Equi-First Aid USA, teaching Emergency Equine First Aid, Advanced First Aid, Disaster and Emergency Preparedness, and Safe Trailering. Catherine is an Advisor to Canine Health Canada and provides training for Emergency Canine First Aid and CPR. She also enjoys substitute teaching for her son’s school district, as well as taking on individual assignments mentoring children and adolescents.

Kat currently provides EFL and Horsemanship sessions at her farm for adolescents, families, and veterans. She provides horsemanship instruction for The HERD during EFP and EFL trainings and provides mentoring on a variety of horsemanship topics. Kat owns and operates Keep the Faith Farm, located in Missouri, and is open for mentoring by video conference, phone, text, email, and will travel to work one on one.

Crista Broesler

Executive Assistant

Crista enjoyed over two decades of creativity in the marketing world as a graphic designer then creative director. While making her way up the ladder of success she yearned for an outlet where she could pursue her first love, visual arts. She will always look back fondly on her extensive schooling, earning several degrees and certifications that led to her position at The HERD Institute. She knew that by going back to what originally motivated her, she could design a personalized experience that would be transformative to all who took part. She trained tirelessly to become certified in Healing with the Arts and is putting the same effort into absorbing The HERD philosophies. She is passionate about teaching others how to pull themselves out of the darkness she once called home. For more information about Crista as an artist visit healingwithheartstudio.com

Reba

Reba is a 21 year old AQHA chestnut mare, whose registered name is Star Dually. She has had an extensive career, having been a broodmare, reining and cutting show horse, and a kids lesson and trail horse. She has been enjoying a well deserved quieter pace of life. Reba has moved with Veronica from Virginia to Ohio to Florida, and has been introduced to therapy work with adults and children. She is a sweet-natured girl and loves to be groomed and loved on, and has a generous heart for those in need of her wisdom. With her markings of a white blaze and four white stockings, she brings a distinctive flair to the herd. Reba excels in teaching participants about what it means to trust another in a relationship.

Cheyenne

Cheyenne is a 16 year old quarter horse mare with a gentle and loving soul. She was a part of a therapeutic riding program for students with physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges, and now is enjoying her time with The HERD, in a quieter life. Cheyenne is blind in her right eye but this doesn’t stop her from living life to the full. She is a curious and attentive girl who loves to interact with everyone around her. Cheyenne has been introduced to therapy work with adolescents and is a master at teaching the importance of boundaries, self regulation, and the impact of one’s actions within relationships. With her stunning white mane, she could easily be mistaken for a unicorn, and is almost as magical!

Arrow

Arrow is a 17-year-old quarter horse gelding with a calm and sweet disposition. He was rescued from a bad situation and retrained as a trail and ranch horse. Now, he loves spending his days munching on grass and relaxing in the Florida sun. His willing demeanor and curious spirit makes him a wonderful addition to the herd. Always the first at the gate to meet and greet newcomers, his energy and playfulness shines through. Arrow is settling into his role as a HERD equine partner and is proving to be a natural at his new job. He brings his big, powerful, and solid presence into each interaction with complete authenticity.