Meet the Team

FOUNDER

Stacey Garcelon  M.ED, NCC

Founder & Director

Stacey received her Master’s degree in Education, with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, at Indiana State University South Bend. Stacey’s passion and life’s work is to help people heal from emotional wounds, cultivate resiliency and promote mental wellness. She does this through providing individual, couple, group counseling; and advocating for trauma-informed practices throughout our communities.  
Stacey specializes in helping people build resiliency and recover from: trauma, addictions, depression, grief, self-esteem / self-worth issues and other behavioral/mental health issues.  Stacey has a passion for serving Veterans, Active Military, Reservists, and their families; having served her internship and advanced practicum at the South Bend Veterans Center.  She has experience working with all ages, Veterans, the LGBTQ community, and survivors of Intimate Partner Violence. She believes in providing a client-centered holistic healing environment in which people are empowered to discover and define their own solutions. She works with her clients using a blend of approaches including: traditional talk therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Eagala Model equine assisted psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), narrative/journaling, trauma informed yoga, as well as other strategies, to meet her clients where they are on their personal journeys. All her counseling is trauma informed, culturally sensitive, and centers on the needs and identity of the person in the room.

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.

TEAM MEMBERS

Sandy Cogswell

Equine Specialist 

When Sandy was about 5 years old her mom took her to see her first horse…..

 

Sandy Cogswell was born in Chicago,  lived in the suburbs and later in South Chicago until shortly after her first son of 2 were born. She then moved to rural northern Indiana and is still there.  She knew the country life was for her and thankfully her wonderful husband now married for over 40 years agreed.

 

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.

Colleen McNamara

Equine Specialist 

Colleen’s bio.

Traca Beck

Equine Specialist

Traca is an Equine Specialist certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) in equine therapy.  Incorporating her passion for and life long work with horses, her love for people and her faith, as well as her own personal journey through healing she joined Anam Cara’s team with a desire to help others find freedom from their own trauma.

Meghan Johnson

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. 

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Phone: (219) 207-7222

Email: info@anamcarastables.org

Address: 4298 E 1000 North, La Porte, IN 46350

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