About My practice

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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.   

Equine Assisted Programs are held at Normantown Equestrian Center in Plainfield

Individual and Group Equine Assisted therapy and learning

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


Lecture in Lund Sweden on Ethics and Equine Assisted therapies

Presentation in Lund Sweden Horse is a Horse of Course International Symposium August 2018

Individual Therapy and Mentoring

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I provide therapy, coaching and mentoring services in-office or using technology. Therapy clients may be eligible for insurance reimbursement

Meet my Equine Partners

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Beaus Independence (Indy) 

and our most recent addition 

the mare Spirit .


Speaking Engagements

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Jan 5th 2019 Pacifica - Santa Barbara , CA Topic 

"Indigenous Wisdom for These Challenging Times" with Dr. Mark Montijo

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Doctor Arieahn and Equulibrium

4015 Plainfield Naperville Road, Naperville, Illinois 60564, United States

630 305 6180

Hours

Monday- Saturday by appointment

Open today

09:00 am – 05:00 pm

My Equine Partners

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Tribute to Savannah RIP November 2017

Savannah partnered with me and my team in Equine Assisted Therapy and learning interventions starting in 2006.



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She was well-loved and helped many

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

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Her legacy will live on in our memories

She will always be remembered by all of those whose lives she touched. .

Beaus 'Indy' & Spirit

Joined the Team in 2012

He is a character! If he were a person he'd be hilarious. Very expressive very motivated by FOOD

Indy is quite a character! He's very expressive and funny & motivated by food



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We've had him on a no treat diet- 

He loves to play with everyone

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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

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He is fun to ride as well and he learned Mounted Archery work this past summer

Spirit joined the team this winter 2019

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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

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They are getting to know each other to work together in our upcoming  Spring 2019 season 

Team Members

Equine Specialist Amanda Bergman

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Always learning ! Horse is a Horse of Course" in Bokelunden Sweden 

Senior Volunteer Kat

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Kat has Assisted since the beginning with college classes and groups.

Amanda and the DePaul students

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Amanda and her assistants Sophie and Mo

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Publications

Cages, Keys and the Chatelaine : A Woman's Book For Transformation

(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. 


 (2018) 

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

Publications 


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

Publications.1-17. doi:10.1177/0361684314543783


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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Doctor Arieahn and Equulibrium

4015 Plainfield Naperville Road, Naperville, Illinois 60564, United States

630 305 6180

Hours

Monday- Saturday by appointment

Open today

09:00 am – 05:00 pm