Briana Perkins, Mental Health LPC-A

Briana Perkins is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA), a certified Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) practitioner and a doctorate student in the Counselor Education and Supervision. Briana completed a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Development at Winthrop University. Prior to Winthrop University, Miss Perkins completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Saint Bonaventure University. She has been counseling using Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, walk/talk therapy and traditional counseling since 2014 working with a variety of issues ranging from trauma to depression in both adults and children.

Briana incorporates biorhythmic riding and traditional groundwork with horses into the therapeutic techniques. Research shows that verbally expressing trauma over and over again can cause verbal overshadowing of the physical responses to trauma. When incorporating horses into the therapeutic setting we allow our trauma to heal from a physical and emotional place. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is considered an experiential therapy where we are living out our issues in the arena and confronting them head on. In addition to Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Briana also does traditional counseling and walk-talk therapy. Walk-talk therapy is a unique approach to traditional counseling where the therapy sessions talk place anywhere on the 46-acre property. Incorporating movement into therapy has a variety of benefits including decreased stress and increased sense of personal awareness.