CLAIRE DOROTIK, LMFT
Having spent a lifetime around horses – growing up riding and training horses and later riding at many of the country’s top show barns – Claire, in many ways, understood horses before she understood people.
Claire’s competitive accomplishments include top placings at the Almaden farms Mini Prix, the Michelob Classic Mini Prix, the Monterey Bay Mini Prix, a 2nd place finish out of 53 competitors in the High Jr/AO Jumpers at Thermal Desert Circuit, and a Reserve Championship in Baby Green Hunters Week Six at the Arizona Desert Circuit.
Turning to dressage four years ago, Claire has showed up through Prix St George with scores between 65 and 75%.
Because of the role horses have played in her life, and her education as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Claire has made a specialization of equine facilitated psychotherapy, developing an equine assisted psychotherapeutic approach that has proved highly effective in restoring emotional and physical balance to those who have battled trauma, abuse, and eating disorders. This approach has been utilized by many recovery centers including Creative Care Recovery in Malibu, CA, The Canyon Recovery Center in Malibu, CA, and other facilities that have come to recognize the unique way in which horses can facilitate powerful healing experiences for clients. She has written many articles for Horsetrader, Ride, and Flying Changes magazines on the subject of horses and horse training, and is also a contributing author to Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy: Straight Talk from the Horse’s Mouth, a continuing education course for psychotherapists currently offered by the Zur Institute in San Diego.
Claire is also the author of, ON THE BACK OF A HORSE: Harnessing the Healing Power of the Human-Equine Bond, now available on Amazon Kindle December 25th, 2010.
Claire specializing in creating great horses, and even better horse-human partnerships. For more information on Claire, or her upcoming books, please visit www.clairedorotik.com, or www.greathorsebooks.com.