Clients will learn about themselves by participating in experiential activities with horses. Horses mirror humor body language giving clients opportunities to address non-verbal communication, assertiveness, self-esteem, trust, creative thinking, problem solving, and developing new ways of interacting socially.

Equine Therapy Program

Clients learn that if they change themselves the horse responds differently. EAP assists clients in learning how to deal with feelings/emotions in the moment versus intellectualizing due to the experiential nature of the activities. Horses mirror human’s behaviors and emotions which the client can use to understand feelings and/or patterns of behavior that they may not be aware of.

Clients use their interactions with the horses to evaluate and modify the ways they interact with people. Clients who feel uncomfortable talking in traditional therapy sessions, can find equine therapy to be a safe environment where they can open up. Horses offer clients non-judging relationships which can help clients struggling with the negative consequences of their addiction to rebuild confidence without the fear of criticism.

Dr. Tufia Elaine Steidle

Equine Therapy Specialist

Dr. Tufia Elaine Steidle is a licensed clinical psychologist and holds a dual certification through EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) as an Equine Specialist and Equine Assisted Psychotherapist.

Dr. Steidle is the Clinical Director and provider of equine assisted psychotherapy services (EAP) at Home Base Ranch Inc. in Lakeside, and provides EAP services at Apex Recovery and Ocean Ranch Recovery, as well as providing EAP services through her private practice: Solutions Through Horses.

She has been in practice for almost 20 years and has loved horses since childhood. She has seen the therapeutic power that horses have and how they facilitate the growth and healing in people.

Dr. Steidle has worked in a variety of clinical settings during her career, including; working in a student counseling center at a college, providing mental health care in a prison, providing counseling services for people with AIDS/HIV, working in an inpatient substance abuse facility, and also providing psychotherapy in several non-profit community mental health clinics. For almost 10 years, she held a senior management position at a non-profit community mental health agency in Los Angeles. As a Director, she was responsible for overseeing the mental health care of over 1,000 clients, supervising over 100 staff, and managing budgets and contracts across 8 clinics.

She is also trained in several Evidence Based Practices, including; Seeking Safety, Trauma Focused CBT, and Interpersonal Therapy for Depression.