On episode 297 of The Nurse Keith Show career and healthcare podcast, Keith interviews Janet Lombardo and Susan Jung of Horse and Harp, a fascinating and heartfelt Atlanta-area non-profit offering equine-assisted psychotherapy and healing workshops for individuals and groups, including frontline healthcare providers. Their tagline says it all: “Using horse and harp to heal hearts and lives.”
Horse & Harp is a unique retreat program designed for wellness, healing, and stress relief. They utilize horse-assisted counseling and harp-facilitated journaling to support participants on their healing journey. Their programs are conducted on a beautiful farm in Conyers, GA, and they welcome non-profit organizations, businesses, and corporations.
Susan Jung, Licensed Professional Counselor, EAGALA Certified
Susan Jung facilitates the equine-assisted psychotherapy sessions for Horse & Harp. Her practice, Winning Strides, LLC, in Conyers, GA, offers counseling both in the office and in the arena with horses.
Susan earned her B.A. in Psychology and M.Ed. and Ed.S. in Counseling from the University of Florida. She has been riding since she was four years old and showing horses since her early teens. Susan was also a judge and certified riding instructor for the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association for eight years.
Since first finding EAGALA in 2000, Susan has become increasingly convinced that horses are truly a pathway to mental health and wellness. As an elementary school counselor for 37 years, her work with children has been the focal part of her life. Combining that with horses was a goal she set for herself in the early 1970s. EAGALA has made that possible through a model that not only makes sense, but works. Both equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) and equine assisted learning (EAL) serve clients at Winning Strides. In addition, Susan uses EAL in her supervision of licensure candidates and interns. Continuing education is a big part of Winning Strides, and all workshops are done in the arena. It is Susan’s belief that including the equine co-facilitator in therapy and learning sessions is effective, real, efficient, and provides for life-long learning.
Susan is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor in the state of Georgia. She serves as the mental health professional on the Winning Strides team.
Janet Lombardo, BS, MBA, CPO/LPO
As Horse & Harp Founder, President, and Executive Director, Janet has combined her passion for horses and for music into a healing-oriented program offered to individuals that are working through the hurtful places in life. In addition to her 37-year career as a healthcare professional and clinical operations leader, Janet is a harpist, singer-songwriter, and recording artist. Following her initial years as special education teacher, she attended New York University Post-Graduate Medical School and became nationally certified in the field of prosthetics and orthotics. Her lifelong involvement with music reached its pinnacle when she learned to play the harp.
As a harpist, Janet specializes in original and improvisational compositions, which are necessary for reflective, therapeutic music. Through the International Harp Therapy Program, she learned that harp music has unique healing qualities due to its resonance, tone and pitch, and how these qualities can be applied to promote wellbeing. Her current recording project, comprised of healing-themed original songs, is in production at a Nashville studio.
While working for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), Janet began coordinating equestrian events for individuals with physical and cognitive challenges. This experience exposed her to the impact of horses on people’s lives. As a result, she became the founder and director of CHOA’s Equestrian Connection program, a donor-funded event series that includes both horsemanship and equine-facilitated counseling. She is a member of the American Harp Association (AHA), the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH), and the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA).
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