My name is Sharon Cabana. I was bit by the horse bug as a child when I asked my mom for a unicorn for my birthday. I never received my unicorn, but I did finally enter the world of horses when I was an adult. I chose equine-facilitated psychotherapy as part of my personal practice because I believe that horsemanship is about the special bond riders have with their horse partners.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Oregon. I graduated from Lewis and Clark College in 2015 with a certificate in Eating Disorders treatment and training in the animal-human bond and the treatment of trauma. I then spent three years working in a trauma-specific program that integrated body-centered approaches such as mindfulness meditations, gentle movement, and walking sessions.
I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish, and have worked extensively with the Latino and LGTBQIA communities, which as allowed me to integrate approaches that meet the needs of those communities. At Anamchara, I integrate knowledge of both the neuroscience of the human-horse bond and the wisdom of spiritual horsemanship into my work as a teacher and through our program, Stable Balance. In both my role as a teacher and therapist, I believe in giving my clients the foundations they need to succeed in all their endeavors while maintaining a healthy and stable balance from the inside out.