Kris Gonzalez


Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Kris has over 20 years’ experience in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and over 10 years’ experience in equine assisted services and therapies, working with children and adults with disabilities, at risk youth, children in foster care, abused children, veterans, parolees, and the homeless. Kris joined The Arbor in 2012 under the mentorship of Mary Lynn Szymandera, LCDC, CEIP, founder of The Arbor’s Equine Progam. Kris is a Therapeutic Riding Instructor (TRI) and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL) certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH International), and has received training in EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) and Natural Lifemanship™. Kris oversees the care and wellbeing of The Arbor horses and facilitates weekly one-on-one equine therapy sessions and weekly gender-specific group equine sessions for The Arbor clients. She also facilitates equine therapy for The Arbor’s monthly Family Program.

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