Britt Palmer

  • Lifelong horse person/competitor
  • Licensed LMFT and LPC
  • NL Dually Certified Trainer
  • EMDR and CEDS certified
  • Specializes in trauma/PTSD, attachment difficulties, and eating disorders
  • Founder of Our Happy Place, Inc., a non-profit entity designed to create scholarship funding for those seeking treatment and funding for care of rescued and surrendered equines.

Britt has built her career around the integration of what she sees as the most effective forms of psychotherapy and her love of connecting with the outdoors and horses. A patient typically experiences equine assisted psychotherapy (Natural Lifemanship), art therapy, yoga and intuitive movement, along with family systems and trauma informed models including Emotionally Focused Therapy, and EMDR. Britt owns a relatively new group practice called Connections Counseling, where the team of clinicians including therapists, a dietician, and a psychiatric nurse practitioner, offers holistic treatment to the entire family, specializing in trauma, eating disorders, and perinatal mental health. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (in Tennessee and California) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (in California), and is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), is an iaedp Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, currently the Midsouth iaedp Chapter President, is dually certified in two equine therapy models as both a mental health professional and equine professional, and is certified in the Trauma Conscious Yoga Method.

Her experience with horses began at age 6 and continued as she took lessons, joined 4H, rode every horse she could, and later joined the Oregon State University Hunter/Jumper team. To make ends meet during the 2007 recession, she began boarding horses at her family home. Six years ago, she began practicing equine therapy with nothing more than her two (donated) mares and a pasture. She has been fortunate enough to conduct equine assisted psychotherapy since, contracting with an inpatient psychiatric hospital and an eating disorder and trauma treatment clinic, and offer sessions with her own group practice patients.

In 2019 she established Our Happy Place, Inc., a non-profit entity designed to create scholarship funding for those seeking treatment and funding for care of rescued and surrendered equines. Currently, the program has grown to seven horses and a mini donkey who reside at the fifty-acre farm and equine refuge. Our Happy Place is also a host site for Natural Lifemanship trainings.

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