Molly DePrekel, MA, LP, CEIP-MH
Adolescent and Adult Therapy
Animal Assisted Therapy
Molly DePrekel MA, LP is a psychologist in private practice at the Midwest Center for Trauma and Emotional Healing and Hold Your Horses.
Molly’s current work includes individual therapy, group therapy, wellness workshops, and consulting. Her consulting work for clinicians is varied and includes animal assisted interventions and she is offering consultation for the institute for Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. She is faculty at the University of Denver school of Social Work Institute for Human Animal Connections teaching in the Animals and Human Health Certificate program.
Molly is an EPONA Equestrian Services approved instructor, holds a certificate in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the treatment of trauma and developmental wounds, and a certificate in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). An active volunteer and consultant in the field of animal-assisted therapy, Molly served as past President of the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association (EFMHA), Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Certified Board of Equine Interaction Professionals (CBEIP, cbeip.org.) and remains actively engaged in best practices and credentialing of animal assisted therapy in mental health services.
She taught her Developing Profound Conversations at the University of Minnesota, co-founded Minnesota Linking Individuals Nature and Critters (MNLINC), utilizes animal assisted therapy and has practiced in hospitals, educational settings, mental health facilities, correctional sites and outreach centers nationwide for twenty nine years. She is recognized for her work with adolescents, young women, families and internationally facilitated workshops and trainings.
Molly received her MA degree in counseling and psychological services from St. Mary’s College (Minneapolis) and a BS degree in Animal Husbandry from Michigan State University (East Lansing) Molly has co-authored five manuals on animal assisted therapy and education and is a contributing author to “Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling: Adding Animal Assisted Therapy to Your Practice”. An avid continuous learner and volunteer, Molly volunteers for numerous national organizations supporting animal assisted therapy and human/animal bonds, and was a Prouty Project STRETCH participant, engaging in a Galapagos Environmental Service Project and World Team Sports Adventure Team Challenge. She lives in Minneapolis with her therapy dogs, Willow and Finnegan, and her Morgan horse Whisper who assists Molly and clients with equine-assisted psychotherapy and wellness.
Finnegan is a golden retriever and a Helping Paws trained facility dog. He now is in his 2nd career as a therapy dog and works with Molly at Cairns Psychological Services at the Midwest Center For Trauma and Emotional Healing. He knows many commands like shutting drawers and picking up keys and pens from the floor. Finnegan loves attention and pets and watch your kleenex he also likes to grab paper just for fun. Say hi next time you come to the office.
Equine Trauma Therapy Explained
Whisper is a 13-year-old Morgan horse living and working at Hold Your Horses in Maple Plain, Minnesota. Hailing from Colorado, he was born on a Morgan farm outside of Denver and came to work in Minnesota at the age of five. Since his arrival, Whisper has been helping many while earning his living as a therapy horse.
Whisper works with therapist Molly DePrekel of Cairns Psychological Services and Hold Your Horses. Whisper co-facilitates sessions in equine facilitated psychotherapy and hippotherapy (occupational and physical therapy using the movement of the horse) and works with individuals, families and groups. He loves to help clients learn about boundaries, assertiveness, somatic healing, and mindfulness.
Whisper’s hobbies include listening to clients’ stories, hanging out in the pasture with his four horse friends and figuring out how to get more treats.
Whisper invites you to visit him at Hold Your Horses to see if he or one of his horse buddies can assist you in healing.
Meet Willow. She is a small, mixed hunting breed dog, known as a Feist, found in rural southern states. Originally hailing from Georgia, Willow was pregnant and found abandoned in a parking lot. She was transferred to a shelter in North Carolina where she gave birth to three puppies. Willow is happy to report that all three puppies found welcoming, adoptive homes.
At one year old, Willow was also temporarily adopted in North Carolina until she found her permanent Minnesota home with therapist Molly DePrekel of Cairns Psychological Services. Named after the willow tree, which means strong and flexible, Willow trained to become a registered therapy dog with Pet Partners.
Willow is currently retired, we are grateful for the years of service and comfort Willow has provided.
In Memory of Mariah
Therapy Dog Extraordinaire
Read about Mariah's adventures in her ebook
Co-authored by Molly DePrekel & Mary Schoessler.