Noreen Esposito Ed.D., PMHNP
Noreen Esposito is the coordinator for the KnowingHorse equine-assisted experiential learning & psychotherapy programs. She is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a private practice in Chapel Hill, NC and is faculty at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill Schools of Nursing where she teaches nurse practitioner students and other health professionals. In addition to equine-assisted psychotherapy, her private practice incorporates mindfulness based behavior therapies, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and various other psychotherapies. She is EAGALA (Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association) certified. She frequently presents at national conferences, is a published researcher on patient-provider health encounters and an author of several book chapters (www.noreenesposito.com ).
Folly Farm owner and a lifetime equine specialist, Micky Purcell is a licensed horse trainer with the British Horse Society, and a certified equine massage therapist. Micky has more than 25 years of professional experience working with horses around the world. She spent several years as an equine specialist in Dubai, U.A.E. She is EAGALA (Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association) certified. As the owner of Folly Farm she is living her lifelong goal to own an equine facility that creates a wonderful environment in which horses and people peacefully coexist. (for more information on Micky Purcell, see http://www.equinemassageandmanners.com ). Folly Farm is the primary venue for KnowingHorse programs .
Anne Mader MA, LMFT
Anne Mader MA, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist and Eagala (Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association) certified mental health specialist with a private practice in Carrboro, NC. With over 25 years of experience in both individual and group therapy, Anne has an extensive toolkit to draw from when working with clients. In addition to equine assisted psychotherapy, Anne has training in mindfulness-based behavioral therapies including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) as well as other emotion-focused behavioral therapies. Anne fell in love with horses at the age of 4 (when she rode her first pony), and has continued to follow her passion for horses ever since – as a rider, a horse owner, and now bringing horses and clients together through equine-assisted psychotherapy and equine-assisted learning. (www.annemaderlmft.com)