Heather Wilkerson, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S, President
I always knew I would share my love and passion for animals with others. I just did not know it would be with horses until experiencing the bond between me and my 1200 pound babies. It was learning to give respect and trust in order to develop the relationship through communication, acceptance, empathy, assertiveness, and most of all, patience, that I discovered how empowering the equine experience could be.
I, Heather Wilkerson, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S, EAGALA Advanced, started Hope-thru-Horses, Inc. in 2006 when my county mental health job wouldn’t allow me to bring a horse to work. In 2009, I became a Juvenile Certified Sex Offender Counselor and in 2018 a Registered Play Therapist. Through my pursuance of the registered play therapy credential, I realized that people had been “playing” in her pasture all along. This brought a new meaning to EAGALA’s “P” in SPUDS, and actually all of the letters in the acronym. In 2019, I received my supervisor status for Registered Play Therapists. My interests lie in treating complex trauma in children and adults as well as mentoring and clinically supervising therapists who want to provide experiential learning into their practices worldwide.