Leia Hughey, Ph.D
Leia Hughey is a clinical psychologist with more than 30 years experience in providing psychotherapy for individuals, couples and groups. She has also taught undergraduate psychology courses and supervised pre-doctoral interns. She became interested in the healing power of horses 12 years ago when she developed a small summer recreation program for children called Horse Rides for Kids in Eugene, OR. Her program operated for three summers and she observed her horses help children of all ages cope with some very difficult life problems. Some children that came to her program had experienced family disruptions and loss. Others had experienced life threatening and chronic medical conditions. In nearly all cases, a combination of non-judgmental acceptance from the horse combined with the rhythmic motion of the ride brought unexpected comfort and peace. This experience has lead Leia to partner with her horse to extend this comfort to injured relationships.