Forward Stride

Treatment Center, LPC, EAGALA

Verified by Psychology Today
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Forward Stride

Treatment Center, LPC, EAGALA

Verified by Psychology Today


Forward Stride
23839 SW Daniel Rd
Beaverton, OR 97078
Call Merribeth Vaughn
(503) 405-8640


Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) are therapy sessions for personal growth and treatment for those with mental disorders. Sessions are available to adults and adolescents and can be in an individual or group therapy setting. The Therapy Team consists of a Mental Health Therapist (certified with EAGALA- Equine Assisted Growth And Learning Association), the Equine Specialist (certified with PATH), and at least one horse. Clients interact with the horses in order to promote growth and learning.

Session Structure

Often a session begins with greeting and spending time with the horse. This may include grooming or walking with the horse. The therapist usually gives the client(s) a task to work on. This may include building obstacles or paths to represent things in their lives. It might involve moving a horse to a particular area. Clients are encouraged to observe and think about what the horses do and how they react. The therapist assists clients to draw parallels between their own lives and what happens in session. EFP is considered an experiential therapy. What this means is that the clients are able to learn, grow, and heal by considering their entire experience in the arena. The therapist assists the clients to process their experiences such that they can transfer their new learning to their day to day life.

Benefits of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

Research shows that spending time with animals and being in natural settings is beneficial to our health. EFP is a holistic approach that creates rich memories that stick with clients for long periods of time. Benefits include: Working with large animals is empowering; EFP is a full body experience where all five senses are engaged; many EFP therapists have noted that clients often progress more quickly with equine sessions than with office based therapy.


  • Sliding Scale: Yes
Pay By: ACH Bank transfer, American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Visa
Accepted Insurance Plans
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  • Years in Practice: 11 Years
  • License: Oregon / C4403
  • School: Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling
  • Year Graduated: 2011

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: EAGALA
  • Certificate Date: 2011

Forward Stride's Groups

Life In The Herd: Group Therapy for Teens

This is a weekly group (4-8 participants) serving teens aged 13-18. We meet in the barn with horses for our sessions. Our focus is on building awareness, coping skills, emotion management, and interpersonal skills.

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Stable Ground: Women's Trauma Recovery Group

This group will provide support, aid in trauma processing, and promote healing in a safe group environment. This group is created by women for women. This is a 10 week group.

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Forward Stride
23839 SW Daniel Rd
Beaverton, OR 97078
Call Merribeth Vaughn
(503) 405-8640
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Adoption
  • Alcohol Use
  • Anger Management
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality (BPD)
  • Career Counseling
  • Child
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Relapse
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Gambling
  • Grief
  • Infertility
  • Infidelity
  • Life Transitions
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Men's Issues
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance (ODD)
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Racial Identity
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Substance Use
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Transgender
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Women's Issues
Mental Health
  • Dissociative Disorders (DID)
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Bisexual
  • LGBTQ+
  • Lesbian

Client Focus

  • Adults
  • Teen
  • Preteen
  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Bisexual Allied
  • Gay Allied
  • HIV / AIDS Allied
  • Lesbian Allied
  • Transgender Allied
  • Veterans

Programs and Services

Treatment Programs
  • Equine Therapy

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Dialectical Behavior (DBT)
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Family / Marital
  • Feminist
  • Integrative
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Person-Centered
  • Play Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
  • Somatic
  • Strength-Based
  • Trauma Focused
  • Individuals
  • Family
  • Group


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Last Modified: 27 Jun 2020
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Treatment Center, LPC, EAGALA