Serenity Stables is Delaware County's premiere Equine Assisted Psychotherapy practice, established in 2001. We have witnessed the healing power of horses and engage people in innovative and holistic therapies that aim to achieve optimal health and wellness by aligning all parts of a person, including their body, mind, spirit, and emotions.
Our horses are rescues who have been rehomed here due to old age, poor performance, injury or other problems.
Joey Thompson, M.Ed, LPCC-S, LICDC-S
Thank you for your interest in my professional mental health and psychoeducational services. I am a trauma informed therapist with 20+ years of advanced training, certification and experience in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). Additionally, I'm trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Internal Family Systems (IFS). I've worked in community and school based mental health, psychiatric emergency, in-patient and out-patient hospitals. And, I established Serenity Stables LLC, Delaware County's premiere EAP practice in 2001.
Now, after decades of clinical experience using EAP I have witnessed remarkable transformations in young children as well as adults, groups and individuals. Rather than saying I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, and trauma, I prefer to say I enjoy facilitating sessions to help bring about emotional awareness, growth and insight. I'm particularly fond of helping people who may come from dysfunctional family backgrounds where there was substance use/abuse, mental illness, violence and/or neglect. Growing up in these environments can create a pattern of harsh and critical self-judgment. We often become people pleasers and lose our own identity in the process.
With a unique blend of EAP and IFS, you can regain a sense of belonging and connection. You can discover your real identity by loving and accepting yourself. Healthy boundaries will become easier for you to set. Your self-esteem will increase as you learn how to give yourself approval on a daily basis. You will begin to feel stable, peaceful and more secure. You will learn to accept the best and get it!
Callie & Spots
Spots: This gentle giant is a sweet leopard and blanket Appaloosa gelding. Spot's has bragging rights about being on the cover of a popular riding publication. He was a galant dressage horse in his prime. Now at 27.5 he enjoys being a therapy horse and the herd leader.
Callie: We don't know much about this 27 year old chestnut beauty. She is strong minded and independent, very curious but is cautious, most likely as a result of mistreatment in her riding years.
A former certified therapy dog, Stanley is 13 now and enjoying his elderly years in retirement on the farm. He has lost his hearing and has a bit of doggie dementia (yep, that's a thing), but is still as sweet and loveable with everyone he meets.
Whinnie, Harry and Sally
We love all animals and they love us! Whinnie is a rescue who lives on site, inside and is truly a natural therapy cat. She will climb right up on your lap and that is where she will stay for the whole session. Harry and Sally showed up over Labor Day weekend of 2021 and live in the barn. Sally is a beautiful Calico who is playful while Harry is still getting use to people. He prefers to hide in the hayloft or go on the prowl.