Mental Health Program
Ready for the Next Step?
Email our Mental Health Program Manager
to see if TF-EAP fits you, your child,
or a family member.
Equine-Assisted Mental Health & Learning
Inspiration Ranch recognizes that to meet the mental health needs of Montgomery County and the Greater Houston region, we must be strategic, forward-thinking, and compassionate in our approach to mental health care. And so, we offer our herd of horses to you to help with learning and healing.
Our Equine-Assisted Mental Health Program is a trauma-focused and trauma-informed model based on the principles of Natural Lifemanship. Natural Lifemanship believes that secure, healthy relationships are the foundation for all healing and uses Trauma-Focused Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP) to help clients learn to build healthy relationships and understand the power that those healthy relationships have to let them heal from harmful life experiences.
Benefits of TF-EAP include:
Increased ability to control emotions and calm the body
Increased ability to connect with yourself and others
Identify and change relationship pattern
This program will guide you through building a relationship with a horse by a specially trained team of a Mental Health Professional, an Equine Expert, and the horse itself. The relationship-building process will help you understand how your life experiences have shaped how your brain functions. It then teaches you to build new pathways in your brain to heal relationships with yourself, others, and the world around you.
Our horses are vital partners on the therapy team. Horses react quickly and authentically to subtle shifts in human respiration, body language, voice tone, muscle tension, and posture. They are invaluable as relationship partners because they provide immediate and non-judgmental feedback about the impact of our interactions with them. Becoming familiar with a horse’s feedback forms the foundation for change that promotes healing and the development of secure relationships with yourself and others in your life. The same skills and principles you learn in your relationship with a horse apply to all human relationships.
Additional Mental Health Resources
If you, or someone you love, needs help now, call 9-1-1.
Private Therapist: Suicide Practitioner
Whitcomb Terpening, MSW, LCSW-S
Located in Spring. Also does telehealth
Private Therapist: Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy
Janet Nicholas, MA, LPC, LCDC
Offices located in The Woodlands; Equine-Therapy located in Tomball
12570 Clay Road, Houston, TX 7041
Beverly Walsh, PhD
Located in the Pearland area
Private Therapist: Family, Marriage, and Individual Therapy.
Amanda Martin, PhD, LMFT-S
Located in Katy and Sugar Land
Will also soon begin Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy in the Cypress area
Mosaics of Mercy
Helping Families Navigate Mental Health & Addiction Recovery
33114 Forest West Street
Magnolia, TX 77354
Phone: (346) 703-0051
Texas Education Agency
Counseling, Advising, and Student Supports
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701-1401
School Counseling – FAQs
Several therapists, providing diverse services
Clinical Director: Melanie Flint, LCSW
Located in central Houston and in northwest Houston on Cypresswood
Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare-Psychiatrists
and Therapists Available-Takes Medicaid
Routine Services: 800-550-8408
Crisis Hotline: 800-659-6994
Psychiatric Emergency Treatment Center:
706 FM 2854 (also known as Old Montgomery Road/Metcalf Street) Conroe, TX 77301
Serves individuals living in Montgomery, Walker, and Liberty counties
Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare - Free Counseling
COVID-19 Crisis Counseling Outreach Worker
Crisis Line: 1-800-659-6994
Dr. Terry Hugg-(281-893-4111) (17115 Red Oak Dr; Ste 109; Houston, TX 77090)
Dr. Roopa Challapalli-281-465-9300 (thebehavioralhealthcarephysicians.com)
Dr. Pacificah (281-651-8474) (Equanimity Behavioral
Dr. Nora Bailey at Woodlands Psychiatry woodlandspsychiatry.com; 832-458-1344