I am an author , Licensed Psychologist and the founder of Equulibrium LLC Private Practice. For the last 2 decades my writing, teaching and healing work with individuals and groups has centered on blending ancient, timeless spiritual wisdom with modern science and psychology. I am a life-long horse woman and I have partnered with horses in riding, and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning since 2006. I speak , teach and publish internationally on horse and human relationships, animal-human bond , Women's Psychology and Multicultural Issues in psychology.
I create custom workshops for therapy interventions and Equine Assisted Learning. I create courses for university students from DePaul and North Central college on the use of horses in therapy. Workshops include: Horses are Healers, Walking The 4 Chambered Heart, Stable Girls and Epona : Women's Empowerment through the Way of the Horse. Please subscribe for notifications on upcoming events and check the website often.
Equine Assisted Programs are held at Normantown Equestrian Center in Plainfield
I provide therapy, coaching and mentoring services in-office or using technology. Therapy clients may be eligible for insurance reimbursement
Beaus Independence (Indy)
and our most recent addition
the mare Spirit .
Jan 5th 2019 Pacifica - Santa Barbara , CA Topic
"Indigenous Wisdom for These Challenging Times" with Dr. Mark Montijo
Savannah partnered with me and my team in Equine Assisted Therapy and learning interventions starting in 2006.
She was highly sensitive and intuitive, knowing exactly what clients and students needed. My work with her has been described in numerous publications over the last decade. Her photographs have been shown in presentations around the world
She will always be remembered by all of those whose lives she touched. .
Indy is quite a character! He's very expressive and funny & motivated by food
We've had him on a no treat diet-
Often therapy horses are rescues with sorted histories. Indy had a happy 'childhood' and is a pretty joyful guy. many clients can benefit from that! He takes his 'work' seriously but knows how to balance with FUN
He is fun to ride as well and he learned Mounted Archery work this past summer
She's sweet and wonderful with people but is currently being very bossy with Indy- she also escapes from her stall and wanders the aisles
They are getting to know each other to work together in our upcoming Spring 2019 season
Always learning ! Horse is a Horse of Course" in Bokelunden Sweden
Kat has Assisted since the beginning with college classes and groups.
Amanda and her assistants Sophie and Mo
Sugar- Sansa our German mare with Mary Haskins Gray at Michael Barisone's Dressage
(Coming in 2019)
This non-fiction book is based on the author's own life journey, cultural traditions, timeless archetypes and 20 years of practice.
This work describes the 'cages" or traps that women often find themselves in - and the "keys" for freedom and transformation.
American Indian Values & Equine Assisted Therapy: Implications for Research, Practice and Ethics.” from A Horse is a Horse of Course!? availble on Amazon or http://www.mindsnmotionsymposium.org/compendium
Book Chapters and Articles Authored
Horses and Equine Assisted Therapy:
Matamonasa-Bennett, A. (2015) Putting the Horse before Descartes: Native American Paradigms and Ethics in Equine-Assisted Therapies. Business & Professional Ethics Journal 34:1, Spring 2015 doi:10.584bpej20156262
Matamonasa-Bennett, A. (2015) Editor and chapter author. E-Book Series Probing the Boundaries: The Animal Human Bond. Vol. 2 Inter-disciplinary Net Press. http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/ publishing/id-press.Chapter in Edited volume. “Tribal cultures, ancient minds & modern science: The metaphoric (nature) mind and exploring animal-human relationships.”
Matamonasa-Bennett, A. (2014). “All My Relations” American Indian Perspectives on Human- Animal Relationships: Implications for Research, Practice and Animal-Assisted Therapies. In Chaira Blanco & Bel Deering (Eds), Who’s talking now? Multispecies Relations from Human and Animal’s point of view. E-Book Series Probing the Boundaries: The Animal Human Bond. Inter-disciplinary Net Press. http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/publishing/product/whos-talking-now- multispecies-relations-from-human-and-animals-point-of-view/
Matamonasa-Bennett, A. (January 2010). Case Studies Show Merit for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Research. Animal and Human Interaction Research and Practice
Newsletter. Section 13, Div. 17, Society of Counseling Psychology, American Psychological Association,17-19.
Matamonasa-Bennett, A. 2012. Horses as healers: Shifting paradigms and ethics in equine assisted therapies. Paper presented at Minding Animals Conference, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. July, 2012.
Matamonasa-Bennett, A. 2013a. Ethics and animal-assisted therapies: Putting the horse before Descartes. Wicklander Fellowship Symposium, Institute for Business and Professional Ethics. June 3, 2013. DePaul University, Chicago.
Matamonasa-Bennett, A. 2013b. Shifting paradigms, indigenous paradigms in equine assisted therapies. Paper presented at Living with Animals Conference, Eastern Kentucky University, March 21–23, 2013.
Matamonasa-Bennett, A., and Haefner, P. 2012. “How do horses help humans?” Perceptions of therapeutic change among equine-assisted psychotherapy practitioners. Paper presented at EAGALA national conference. Santaquin, UT March, 2012.
Matamonasa-Bennett, A. (January 2011). “Reading Horses, Reading People: Improving Social Skills and Awareness Through Equine Assisted Therapy” Animal and Human Interaction Research and Practice Newsletter. Section 13, Div. 17, Society of Counseling Psychology, American Psychological Association, 7-9
Cultural Healing and Women's Psychology
Matamonasa-Bennett, A. (2011).The First and Second Coming of White Buffalo Calf Woman. In Patricia Monaghan (Ed.) Goddesses in World Culture, (Vol.3, pp. 161-175) Santa Barbara, CA:Praeger ABC-CLIO.
Matamonasa-Bennett, A. Honoring the Web: Indigenous Wisdom and the Power of Place. In Association for the Study of Women in Mythology Anthology. Goddess Ink
Matamonasa-Bennett, A. (2015).The Poison that Ruined the Nation: Native American Men: Alcohol identity and traditional healing. American Journal of Men’s Health. Sage Publications March 26, 2015. 1-13.doi: 10.1177/1557988315576937
Matamonasa-Bennett, A. (2014). “A Disease of the Outside People”: Native American Men’s Perceptions of Intimate Partner Violence. Psychology of Women Quarterly. Sage
Matamonasa-Bennett, A. (2013). “Until People are Given the Right to be Human Again”: Voices of American Indian Men on Domestic Violence and Traditional Cultural
Values. American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 37, (4), 25-51.
Matamonasa-Bennett, A. (2008). Native American Education. In Richard T. Schaefer (Ed.)Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Society (pp.944-947) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Matamonasa-Bennett, A. (2008). Cherokee. In Richard T. Schaefer (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Society (pp.259-263). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Matamonasa-Bennett, A. 2008. The Menominee. In Richard T. Schaefer (Ed.), Encyclopedia of race, ethnicity and society. Thousand Oaks, CA. Sage, 890–892.
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