Misty Mountain Therapy
A little About Me...
Jennifer Diethrich, owner and therapist at Misty Mountain Therapy received her MA in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado, Denver in 2000. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and families. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC),National Certified Counselor (NCC) and has an Equine Assisted Mental Health (EAMH) certificate through the Graduate School of Social Work and Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) at the University of Denver. Jennifer was an elementary school counselor for 20 years and has a registered therapy dog, Rio.
In 2008, Jennifer received the Elementary School Counselor of the Year Award from the Colorado School Counselor Association (CSCA). This award led to 8 years of state and national involvement on the CSCA board. In 2014 Jennifer enjoyed her leadership role as CSCA President while advocating for school counselors and appropriate and accessible mental health in schools.
Jennifer specializes in Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and sand tray therapy as well as Animal and Equine Assisted Learning and Psychotherapy. She has training and experience with the neurobiology of trauma and attachment and likes to focus on self-regulation, emotion and stress management. She has been a suicide prevention trainer and member of suicide prevention coalitions in La Plata County for many years.
Building strong therapeutic relationships and helping others discover their strengths and find solutions to their challenges is a passion for Jennifer. She especially enjoys partnering with horses to provide experiences that help clients gain self-awareness and apply new skills to their daily life. She specializes in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) for youth and adults and provides individual and group sessions.
Jennifer has lived and worked in the Durango area since 1988, is a Fort Lewis College alumni, and loves everything to do with the outdoors including skiing, camping, rafting, biking and of course riding her horses in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Colorado!
How do horses help?
A trained equine assisted psychotherapist and equine specialist (ES) partner with horses and clients to help facilitate change and growth through movement, touch, and relationship building. Experiential learning in the arena helps clients learn new skills and apply them to their life which can be powerful for building self-esteem, trust, confidence, leadership, and communication in a safe and often less threatening outdoor environment. Clients learn to manage their emotions and increase self-control and self-awareness by interacting with and caring for horses. The relationships that are created generate an environment where clients of all ages learn to take risks and try something new in a safe setting with a non-judgmental horse by their side.
Where do we meet?
Riversage Family Counseling
100 Jenkins Ranch Road
Durango, CO 81301
Individual Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions are held in the Florida River Valley about 15 minutes from Durango, Bayfield and Ignacio, Colorado. Please contact me for further information on the arena location. School and group programming is also available.