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Assisting Individuals in Their Journey Toward Self-Discovery With the Help of Animals

Our Work in the Community

We work with individuals experiencing suicidal ideation, addiction, depression, anxiety, and many more mental health challenges. Nothing is more rewarding than being able to make a positive impact in the lives of others and we are grateful for our opportunity to do so every week.

Meet the Team Behind Animals With Heart

Angela Schmitt, M.A., Owner

Angela has more than 24 years of experience in diverse therapeutic settings, which include dolphin-assisted therapy, equine-assisted therapy, wilderness experiencing, and traditional counseling as well as therapy in youth sober living and at-risk youth camps.

Angela works with children and adults faced with various forms of cognitive, physical, mental, emotional, and social challenges. She also works with teens within their family systems to provide successful relationship repairs that foster more positive and healthy family dynamics.

Angela’s primary focus is transformation, from teens to adults looking for a new way to see life. By working through their blocks and barriers, clients begin healing the wounds that allow a new sense of self to emerge.

She prides herself in finding creative and heartfelt ways, along with her animal partners, to assist her in her therapy programs and help her clients succeed. Angela has a natural calling for her work and an innate desire to serve others.

Angela is certified in Gestalt Equine Psychotherapy and holds an MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology as well as additional degrees in human development and early childhood development. Integrating her education and natural abilities coupled with her love of people and animals, Angela is able to do profound work with her clients.

Christine Badoux, Equine-Assisted Experiential Coach

Christine is a speaker, writer, and highly trained experiential coach who passionately promotes the learning and healing that occurs between horses and humans. Christine is the founder of Equine Experiential Coaching, which she operates at the Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary in Cave Creek, Arizona.

She strives to improve the quality of life for both horses and humans through her coaching sessions, workshops, and retreats as well as by volunteering at the sanctuary.

Christine’s training includes Monty Robert’s Introductory Certification Course in Solvang, California, and the Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) level 1 and 2 training courses.

She also believes some of her best training comes from parenting a child on the autism spectrum, as she received over four years of one-on-one intensive behavioral training from the Southwest Autism Research & Research Center (SARRC.)

Prior to meeting up with horses, Christine received her BA in International Relations from Syracuse University and spent more than 10 years in the hospitality industry, working for Four Seasons, Westin, and Destination Hotels and Resorts. She currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her two favorite teachers: her daughter, Isabelle, and her son, Alex.

Samantha Lloyd, MSW

Samantha recently finished her master's in social work at Arizona State University. An animal lover from birth, she aspires to work with and support people through challenges in life alongside the assistance of animals. In school, Samantha has learned about trauma, grief, cultural hardships, social policy, as well as foundations of clinical work. In her internship experience, she has been able to work with adults and adolescents with our animals to further her skills as a therapist.

Prior to starting her graduate education, Samantha received a bachelor's in broadcast journalism and a master's in science policy from ASU and has been working in marketing for the university for eight years. Having strong communication skills and policy knowledge has supported her future endeavors of working with, and being an advocate for a variety of people.


Sandra Mitchell and Gentry

Bio Coming Soon

In memory: Lisa Allen, B.A.

Lisa and her horse Chi joined Animals With Heart in July 2016. She is a horse handler and educator for the program.

Horses have always been a part of Lisa’s life. She is a retired teacher who worked with the special needs population for 34 years in the Paradise Valley Unified School District. Her knowledge of working with emotionally dysregulated students is a great asset to our program.

Since joining Animals With Heart, Lisa and Chi have helped thousands of adults and adolescents privately as well as those seeking treatment for addiction and general mental health challenges.

She recognizes the needs of the populations we work with and has a profound understanding of the importance of developing meaningful interactions with each client individually. By gaining a deeper understanding of a person's unique challenges, she is able to effectively facilitate our program and provide the essential support that they need to recover.


Aurora Behavioral Health, 

Janine Stanley, Full of Heart Counseling & Consultation

Janine will be working with Angela from Animals with Heart to offer a combine experience to connect parents with child(ren) in a group setting. Weekend experience will allow individuals to learn more about trust, confidence and emotional awareness which will have a powerful effect all while incorporating the horses with these exercises. 

Inquiry by sending an EMAIL:


Michelle Goss, Spirit Mountain Healing

My name is Michelle Goss, a horse guided life coach with Spirit Mountain

Healing Services, a 501c3 nonprofit organization in Gilbert, Arizona. It has been my privilege to work with horses and people for over 35 plus years. Combining my extensive education with my life coaching skills, I help humans of all ages find answers and new ways to live life better. At Spirit Mountain Healing Services, I work with individuals and in partnership with organizations nationwide to broaden the healing impact of equine assisted learning. It is a specialized life coaching method where the intuitive nature of horses is utilized to reflect where growth and healing is needed.

My coaching skills come into play in building life skills in communication, self-awareness, confidence, personal growth/development, leadership skills, life-changing breakthroughs and more. My purpose is to share these unique and empowering horse guided life coaching experiences through Spirit Mountain Healing Services.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Equine Science, a Minor in Small Business, and a Master!s Degree in Counseling and Psychology in Equine Assisted Mental Health. 

Sierra at Scottsdale, 

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