Video: TEDx – Finding our authentic self with the help of horses

Vallerie Coleman reveals how automatic, thoughtless responses to commonplace social greetings can create distance from our authentic self and from others.

With the help of horses, Vallerie shows us that our authentic self is always with us. Dr. Val Coleman is a psychologist and psychoanalyst who founded Stand InBalance, Equine Assisted Growth, Learning & Psychotherapy after experiencing the powerful and profound changes that can occur through partnership with horses. Firmly believing that facilitated interaction with equines can help us become better humans, Dr. Val and her team integrate psychology, group dynamics and systems to help children, families, and organizations maximize their potential.

An accomplished presenter, Dr. Coleman has been on faculty at Loyola Marymount University, the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute, and Antioch University. She is also a contributing author in the books Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling and in the upcoming Equine-Assisted Therapy Activities for Counselors. An exciting highlight for her work as an equine assisted psychotherapist was appearing as a guest expert on the Dr. Phil show. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.