Kit Muellner is well known as a stand-out in her field. She specializes in working with children, adults, and families. Before starting H.O.P.E. Ranch in 1999, Kit worked with facilities such as Olmsted County, Omnia Family Services, Gerard Treatment Facilities, Mendota Mental Health Institute, and Mayo Clinic.
When she started H.O.P.E. Ranch, Kit was able to combine her passion for healing people with her love of horses and incorporating the EAGALA Model of Equine Assisted Development. This approach is highly powerful and combines in office, play and/or EAGALA Model Equine-assisted psychotherapy.
Additionally, Kit has developed Equine-assisted programs for companies and organizations for their staff retreats and staff development sessions.
Her goal is to make people feel at home on The Ranch and create a unique oasis to experience wonderful growth and healing through psychotherapy with the help of animals.
Katherine Harries Muellner, MSSW, LICSW
P.O.W.E.R. (Police Officer Wellness through Enhanced Resiliency)
Completed Advanced ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy) Training
Clinical Director & Psychotherapist
Founder & CEO of HOPE Ranch
Education & Degrees:
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, with Minors in Business and Spanish from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa
Masters (MSSW) in Clinical Social Work from the University of Wisconsin, Madison
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)
Animal Assisted Therapy
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Equine Assisted Therapy (EAGALA)
Experiential Play Therapy
Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT)
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF CBT)
Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM)
Adoption Identity (i.e., self-worth, self-esteem)
Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Divorce / Co Parenting
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Juvenile Justice Involvement
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
Systems of Care Navigation
Adult (Ad. Parent - Individual)
Elementary Age (7-12)
Young Adult (19-25)
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