Louise Sutherland-Hoyt


Louise Sutherland-Hoyt


Professions: Mental Health Counselor, Other
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Billing and Insurance:

I do not work with insurance companies

Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability


19440 Annie Ln.
Reno, Nevada 89521

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My Approach to Helping

I specialize in helping you to live fully with the effects of past and ongoing Trauma. But instead of you and me sitting in an office and talking for an hour, our sessions are outdoors, in an open space surrounded by the beauty of majestic mountains; and in the company of horses. The term for this type of trauma work is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and for many, has been found to be a better approach to healing than talk therapy.
And, for what it's worth, in the case of trauma, and depending on it's severity, rarely have I experienced a patient being talked out of their horrific experiences of trauma.

For so many of the kids and families I work with it's their ungrieved losses, unresolved guilt, or unforgiven shame that go neglected due to living in a culture that often overlooks our need to grieve these losses and to practice self-compassion.. When we are in the presence of horses with our suffering, however, the healing journey of the wounded soul begins. The horses seem to just stand by our side with strength and beauty and abide, without judgment, with our soul.

How Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Works.

Together with my partnerequine specialist, we will help you form a sacred bond with horses from our herd, and in this hands-on, experiential approach to your therapy, you will learn about yourself and develop confidence enough to try new skills as you partner up with your team of horses. The work we do is all on the ground, that is, there is no riding involved, and is based on sound, well-researched therapeutic principles.

I am an EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) Trained Mental Health Professional and I have worked in the trauma field for more than 20 years. I am a Veteran of the United States Army (Vietnam) and I have a firm foundation in Military Culture. Call me today so that we can begin to evaluate whether Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is for you.

More Info About My Practice

My Favorite Quote About Trauma Work
By Bessel Van Der Kolk

Trauma Treatment is NOT about telling stories about the past.
Trauma Treatment IS about helping people to be here, now, to tolerate what they feel,
Right here in the present.

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

Tending to my own woundedness reminds me that, no matter what modality of treatment I use, location, setting, or other things, it is ALWAYS the relationship between patient and therapists that is the best predictor of positive outcomes. When I'm out of sorts this spills into the session. But when I am well grounded in the present, this also reflects into the session. In the presence of horses, I am able to be fully present, in the very middle of sorts.

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Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Groups I Work With

    Children and Families

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • Military/Law Enforcement

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Shame

Types of Therapy

  • Animal and Equine Assisted Psychotherapies
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions

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