Meet the Team
Stacey Garcelon M.ED, NCC
Founder & Director
Stacey has been certified in the Eagala model since 2016. She serves as Eagala’s Networking Coordinator for the State of Indiana. She has completed training in Yoga to Transform Trauma, and has started training in Somatic Experiencing. Through her work and her own healing journey, Stacey found that the approaches which integrated the physical, mental, energetic and spiritual impacts of trauma proved to be the most effective and the most empowering. She sustains her own healing journey by incorporating complementary healing arts modalities into her daily life. Stacey is a current member of the EMDR International Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, the American Counseling Association and the Indiana Counseling Association.
On a personal note, Stacey survived a near-fatal car accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury at the age of 16. As a result of that and other life experiences as well as working and advocating for people who have survived trauma, she has a strong desire to help people heal from trauma. Stacey has always had a love for horses, and knows from firsthand experience the healing presence of the horse. When considering advancing her education, Stacey looked at where she excelled and what she was passionate about; and the dream of Anam Cara manifested: to help people heal through equine assisted psychotherapy. Shortly thereafter, through a serious of serendipitous events, Stacey moved to Indiana to make her dream a reality. Integral to the process was the gentle nudging and support of her friend, equine specialist and co-founder, Sandy Cogswell, Anam Cara became a reality in 2016.
When the boys became young men and on their own is when her journey began to learn the horse. She has been around horses since high school age and had a uneasy feeling about the way horses were handled, at least in her world. It wasn’t until her horse reared up and fell on her she realized she had to learn how to train, or better said communicate with the horse or there would not be horses in her life and that was not going to happen, thus began this fascinating subject she cannot get enough of. She has learned the more you know about horses the more you know you don’t know.
This passion is what led her to the realization of horses can help humans other than just riding them. She meet Stacey Garcelon the first time September 2015. Stacey told her of her desire to help people with trauma using horses and psychotherapy. Sandy never heard of such a thing.
They went to their first eagala certification in May 2016.
She is certified in eagala
Certified in Horse Powered Reading.
Completed the non profit leadership course that Healthcare foundation of LaPorte provided. Completed the fundamentals of serving veterans with Horses.
Equine Specialist – Intern
Meghan is our newest Anam Cara team member and is currently pursuing her EAGALA certification. She shares the same passion for horses and desire to help others as her team members. Meghan has worked with horses in several different settings – from stable maintenance, to jumping, to groundwork – and currently owns two horses of her own – Forest and Rougar (pictured).
Meghan’s introduction to Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy came from her own personal journeys through trauma work and eating disorder recovery, and she is thrilled to be working and learning as a part of the Anam Cara team.