OUR MISSION & WHO WE ARE
Note from our founder – Michelle Holling-Brooks
In September of 2008, I founded Unbridled Change, a non-profit organization with the mission to provide a sanctuary for our clients and the community to find the hope, healing, and growth they have been searching for.
As a lifelong equestrian, horses are a huge part of my personal healing and growth journey. After a life threatening illness in my early teens, I was left forever changed. The trauma to my brain ripped me of control of my body, wiped my sense of self, and left me retreating from life. I didn’t trust humans, but I would trust a horse. Horses gave me a safe place to discover all the pieces of self – body, mind, and soul–I had lost. Through their support I was willing to embark on the journey of self-healing and transformation.
I share pieces of my early healing journey and the role horses played in it, along with the stories of how horses have helped others find their way back from trauma in the book, The Horse Cure – True Stories, Remarkable Horses Brining Miraculous Change to Humankind.
I firmly believe that healing and growth requires addressing the whole self - mind, body, and soul to create lasting change and true healing. That early illness set my life on a path. As a result, I am a devoted student of learning “how” to unbridle healing and growth to support myself and others. Over the past 20 years I have developed a “toolbox” that is infused with different modalities, approaches, and techniques: different models of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies - PATH, EAGALA, Natural Lifemanship, EPONA; Acceptance and Commitment Therapies, Attachment Theory, Reiki Master and Teacher, Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner; Meditation and Mindfulness Coach; Multi Sensory Intuitive and Integrative Soul Technology Practitioner; and Emotional Freedom Technique just to highlight a few. Also in 2018 I founded a model for infusing all the different trainings together with Equine Partnered Psychotherapy and Coaching™ (EPPC™)
All training and education aside, I have one core belief that creates the foundation of Unbridled Change and our approach. I believe that there are many different paths or doorways one can walk through on their healing and growth journey, but there is only one destination. I believe the destination we are all searching for is connecting into and aligning with our divine soul and purpose. Everyone has a different path or doorway that matches their needs. At Unbridled Change, it is our job to support you on the path that is right for you and to show up the way that is best for you - whether that is in partnership with our horses or via a different “modality”.
Everyday I’m blessed with the opportunity to serve my divine purpose through the support of our staff (human and horses), our amazing board of directors, donors, and volunteers. It is because of all of them that we are able to provide a sacred space to empower our clients on their path of unbridling their amazing divine light and purpose!
Sending you light and love on your journey!