Darcy has gathered 30 years of experience, research and training in the worlds of education, mental health and horses, bringing that knowledge together to found HORSES on the Ranch.
Based in Prineville, Oregon with a global lens, her goal is to facilitate healing and growth through partnership with horses. Darcy’s work is grounded in the understanding that people have innate wisdom, and with support, can find their own powerful, unique answers to life’s challenges. Because horses are highly sensitive, offer a non-judgemental presence and a natural ability to facilitate truth, they are ideal partners in healing trauma.
Through her pursuit of both a Masters of Arts in Education and Masters of Science in Education Leadership and Policy, Darcy focused on marginalized populations, alternative pathways to education, and students who are often considered “At Risk”. She studied extensively in democratic, experiential and self-directed education, Restorative Justice, Social-Emotional Learning, addictions counseling, Systems Thinking, community education, leadership and change. As a parent, an educator, and an active community member, she has witnessed the devastating generational impact of substance abuse, and its deep roots in trauma. She has spent the last decade immersed in seeking solutions. Darcy is also a certified SMART Recovery facilitator.
Robyn received her masters degree in clinical mental health through the Oregon State University-Cascades campus. Post graduation, Robyn has worked within Prineville serving the greater Crook County area in county and private run behavioral health agencies. Robyn has enjoyed working with children and families as well as a focus on LGBTQ+ and Veterans’ issues.
As a mental health therapist and Veteran of the United States Armed Forces Robyn has had the opportunity to work in a wide variety of settings with individuals from diverse back grounds. During this time Robyn witnessed the effects of trauma, loss, substance use and alienation as well as exceptional resilience and she hopes to continue her service with people who find themselves in need of healing and peace.
Robyn enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, eating all types of food and relaxing with her animals. As an owner of two cats and a rescue dog she knows and has directly benefited from the calm, quiet compassion that animals can bring to humans. Robyn feels blessed as a Prineville community member to give back in this very special way.
Alia earned her Master's in Clinical Counseling from Oregon State University Cascades in Bend, OR, in 2019. She is a licensed professional counselor based in Prineville, OR. She specializes in trauma recovery using yoga and mindfulness in therapeutic settings. Alia trained in Yoga for Trauma and Resiliency through Sacred Roots Wellness in Asheville, NC. She is certified to teach movement, breath, and bodywork for the treatment of PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief, and more.
Alia completed her graduate internship with Saving Grace in Central Oregon, specifically working with survivors of sexual and domestic violence. She maintains EAGALA certification to help connect clients with horses and the power of experiential therapy. Alia has a lifelong love and reverence of horses and counts herself as one of the lucky ones to call them teammates in support of HORSES clients and the community.
Gretchen's strong love for the outdoors led her to work with Federal and National Wildland Fire Fighting agencies, where she came to understand the transformative power of the wilderness. This experience significantly impacted her personal and professional development, ultimately inspiring her to become a teacher and wilderness guide. Driven by her passion for helping people, Gretchen pursued a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Oregon State University. She later became a counseling and addiction studies teacher at Central Oregon Community College.
Throughout her two decades of experience working with community and Tribal mental health agencies, Gretchen has gained a profound understanding of each individual's resilience and healing potential. She is committed to reconnecting people with the roots of their nature, reflected in the wisdom of the land and the profound connection between humans and horses.
Emiko Goka-Dubose is a Child and Family Therapist based out of Central Oregon. Emiko received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from Portland State University and her doctorate in Counseling from Oregon State University. Emiko’s research focuses on culture as a protective factor in the healing process from trauma. Emiko integrates trauma-informed expressive arts therapy in her work with children and families. Additionally, Emiko is certified in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Adoptive and Foster Family Therapy.
Emiko has over two decades of working with underserved populations, including street youth, individuals who experience co-occurring trauma and substance use, families and children impacted by trauma, houseless individuals and families, immigrants, and undocumented individuals. Emiko is bilingual in Spanish and has experience providing therapy to monolingual and bilingual Spanish-speaking families.