Honey Creek Counseling offers an array of nature-based, experiential interventions; among them, equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning, horticulture therapy, eco-therapy, fitness and nutrition counseling for a healthy brain, yoga therapy, nature meditation, mindfulness and more. Nature-based therapies, sometimes called ecotherapy, can be defined as any nature-focused intervention that recognizes our innate knowledge that the mind, body and spirit are deeply and inextricably connected to the natural world. Research reveals that experiences in the natural world can reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and many other mental health diagnoses. When coupled with other more conventional treatment interventions such as CBT or psychotherapy, eco-therapies are very effective. A simple walk in the park may reduce anxiety alone, but when coupled with an intention to reduce anxiety through eating healthy brain foods, talk therapy, and guided meditation, the impact of these interventions together can be life-changing.

We work with both children and adults who have various mental health symptoms. We offer group and individual services.

Honey Creek Counseling has been offering equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning to the residents of southeastern WI for several years, now.  Our teams practice primarily two types of psychotherapy and learning…one is the Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model and the other is Natural Lifemanship.

The EAGALA model is a four-pronged approach as outlined below:

1. Ground-Based: This model does not utilize riding. In fact horsemanship skills are not even mentioned nor taught. The rationale behind this is that relationships are formed from the “ground” up. Therapy involves interacting with the horse and observing both your actions and responses to the horse, and the horse’s actions and responses toward you. As one of EAGALA’s founders, Mickey DiGiacomo magnificently put it, “You can’t look in a mirror if you’re sitting on it.”

2. Solution-Oriented: The EAGALA model focuses on the client’s strengths autonomy and capacity to solve their own problems. Many times clients come to therapy “stuck.” The EAGALA model allows clients the freedom to experiment, problem-solve, and trial solutions to problems, which can help clients gain insight, clarity, and arrive at the solution that works best for them.

3. Team Approach: A treatment team composed of a Licensed Mental Health Professional and an Equine Specialist is utilized in all sessions. The mental health professional is responsible for the treatment and/or learning goals of the client(s) and the equine specialist is responsible for monitoring horse behaviors along with physical safety.

4. Code of Ethics: As a professional organization, EAGALA has developed and practitioners abide by a code of ethics designed to protect practitioner integrity and the best interests of the clients and equines. For more information on the EAGALA model, please click on the following link:

The Natural Lifemanship Model focuses on relationships…connection to self and connection to others.  The model evolved after many years of working with traumatized youth. It further developed because of the science that empirically grounds the model from trauma-focused research.  The purpose of sessions with equines is to experience the dance of attachment and detachment through cooperation, not coercion, and develop a sense of connection. It is also a ground-based model.


Honey Creek's sessions focus on functional psychotherapeutic or rehabilitative goals and are led or supervised by human services professionals. We do not teach horsemanship or riding skills.

34801 Academy Rd
Burlington, WI 53105
(414) 803-3372

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