Sara Cruthis is an Equine-Assisted Mental Health (EAMH) Practitioner in Monument, CO. She has earned a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy through Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Ministry from Mississippi College. Sara has over 6 years of experience working with Trauma, attachment disorders, abuse, neglect, adoption and foster care, and family systems. She also carries a post-graduate certificate in Equine Assisted Mental Health (EAMH) through the University of Denver’s Institute for the Human Animal Connection; currently the only program specifically designed to meet all criteria for animal assisted competency requirements with the ACA (AATC), 2016).
Sara utilizes a person-centered approach and pulls from a variety of models to tailor treatment to best serve her clients. She places the utmost emphasis on the physical, emotional, and spiritual safety and acceptance of her clients, wherever they find themselves. Sara cares deeply about helping clients heal and build self-understanding in order to grow. She is driven by a desire to support others along their journey to wellness.
She first fell in love with horses at the age of 4; her respect and affection for these beautiful creatures has stuck with her through a lifetime of riding, competing as a show-jumper, teaching, and now working alongside them as partners in helping others. She believes horses offer a unique ability to reflect our experiences. As prey animals, horses naturally act as mirrors of their environment and those around them. Sara believes that the opportunity to escape into the horse’s tranquil world allows a powerful opportunity to disrupt cycles of negative thinking, behaviors, and relationship interactions in order to build new and more positive ways of being.
A native southerner, Sara has lived in the Pikes Peak region for the last six years. Her husband insists she mention his praise of her as a wonderful partner and mother to their beautiful son, Marshall.