Pegasus: Healing Trauma

Individual, Family, Couples, and Child Therapy

Serving You in an Office/Ranch Environment at Pegasus: Healing Trauma 

Phone: 719-439-5162

Fax: 719-445-7167

Susanne Hays, LMFT, SEP

At Pegasus, we are focused on providing a combination of Psychotherapy and Therapeutic Riding/Horsemenship services with the highest levels of customer satisfaction. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I provide counseling services for adults, children, couples, and families. My background as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor enables a holistic approach to counseling. Modalities like Art and Sand Therapy can help with insight and trauma processing. We always use the horse to integrate these therapies.

In addition, I have worked in an inpatient treatment facility, and have experience with PTSD, Combat-PTSD, Chemical Dependence, and Adoptions/Foster Care. I am also trained in medical trauma/anesthesia trauma, and near death experiences. Trauma resides in the body. Trauma integration (being able to talk about events without getting distressed) helps overcome depression, anxiety, panic attacks, self-medication, or physical problems. Family support, a systemic approach, insight, and using mindfulness to track both mind and body, are key elements in getting well. As a Somatic Experiencing Practioner (3 year training in trauma treatment), I integrate Art Therapy, Sand Tray and Play Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Psychosomatic Therapy with the horses in a modified way to not over-stress the Central Nervous System. I am also trained in attachment re-patterning (dARE). My approach is systematic, body-focused, and client-centered. 

Mandy Kieckhaben, LPCC

My name is Mandy and I am an LPCC, working with clients of all ages. My specialty is providing therapy for children ages 4-12, but I have experience and also love working with adolescents and adults. I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Colorado State University, and my Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Somatic Focus from Prescott College in AZ. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Developmental Psychology.

Growing up with and owning horses, I know firsthand how horses can help people. At Pegasus Healing Trauma, we can partner up with the horse(s) during our sessions. I love working with children also utilizing art, play, and sand-tray therapies. I use a multi-modal approach to therapy to encompass all areas of mental health, including mind, body, spirit, thoughts, emotions, and environment.

My clinical and personal experience is with depression, anxiety, panic attacks/disorders, trauma counseling, PTSD, and existential issues. I have experience working in a variety of settings, including in-patient mental health hospitals and out-patient programs.

You and I will set treatment goals and make a plan for healing and change. I understand the courage it takes to seek help, and I would appreciate the privilege to work with you!