An Equine Engaged Parts Work Psychotherapy Model


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Equid-Nexus is a facilitation model and training organization aimed to educate therapy teams on integrating IFS-Informed EMDR into Equine Engaged Psychotherapy to treat and heal trauma. We believe that “the personal is the professional” and therefore focus on professional development by experiential learning. We lead with Self-Energy to scaffold others’ access to Self and to build relational awareness through intersubjectivity within the human and horse relationship. We uphold an ethical dedication to the emotional and physical welfare of equines who partner with us, which we have termed Self-Led Horsemanship. Our intention is to add value in growing a Self-Led community for those in the equine-assisted services field.

Welcome to
Equid-Nexus, LLC

Equid-Nexus™ is an Equine Engaged Parts Work Psychotherapy model and Training Program that is based upon Internal Family Systems (IFS) informed EMDR.

The model's focus is on healing relational trauma by building relational consciousness (both internally from Self-to-part and externally from Self-to-horse) to help people heal their relational trauma burdens in real time, within a real relationship with the horse.

A person heals through identifying what parts of themselves are holding emotional pain from past attachment ruptures. When these parts are identified the person can then work to release the pain by increasing their internal relationship with their Core Self, and by changing their interpersonal patterns to have a corrective experience by building a connected relationship with their equine partner.

Jenn Pagone offers on-site trainings at Whispering White Horse Stables, virtual workshops, and clinical consultation.

Jenn Pagone, LCPC (IL), LPC (WI) is the creator of Equid-Nexus™, which is based upon the Internal Family Systems Model, attachment theory, and the principles of The Natural Lifemanship Institute's trauma-focused equine assisted services.

Jenn is advanced trained and certified in both IFS (Level 3) and EMDR, and an IFS-informed EMDR Master Certified Practitioner with the Syzygy Institute. She has specialized in treating women with complex trauma for over 15 years. Her other specialties include dissociation, conversion and somatization disorders, attachment challenges, grief and loss, eating disorders, women struggling with cancer, and infertility.

She has a full-time private practice, Pagone Psychological Services, PLLC, and is the Founder of Whispering White Horse Stables, a therapeutic horse ranch located in Marengo, IL.

Prior to opening her private practice in 2012, she worked as a rape crisis counselor and medical advocate, a clinical therapist on inpatient and outpatient eating disorders units, and managed a group home for women with eating disorders and trauma.

Believing that “the personal is the professional”, Jenn loves to foster other professionals' growth and learning, and walk beside them on  their journeys towards healing and secure attachment with themselves and others. She offers individual and group clinical consulting for professionals.

In addition to providing clinical psychotherapy and training workshops, she has a background in teaching clinical psychology as an adjunct professor, is a conference presenter, Natural Lifemanship Trainer, and a staff Guide for the Syzygy Institute.

Meet the Facilitation Team

The Equid-Nexus training team is comprised of licensed therapists with advanced training in IFS and EMDR and advanced certified equine professionals with decades of experience.

Kim Jozwiak

LCPC/EP, Private Practice Owner - Kimberly Jozwiak

Jenn McPeak

Coach and EP

Meet The Herd

There are 9 therapy horses at Whispering White Horse Stables. Each horse is uniquely gifted to add their own value to the program.

It is important that these horses are known for who they are, instead of what they may represent by projection or transference.

Cordelia is a 8 year old Fell Pony. Her favorite song is Single Ladies.

Rocky is a Spanish Mustang. Part of his story is told in the "Integrating Horses into Healing" book, Chapter 8.

Abbey is a 28 year old Tennessee Walker. She was a trail horse, now enjoys her retirement as a partner of the therapy team.

Annie is a 28 year old mini Appaloosa. She is mom to Warrior and Tina.

This is Warrior (aka: Dog). He is 10 years old. He moonlights as a carriage horse.

This is Tina Turner. She is 15 and loves center stage; especially when it involves ground based Equine Engaged EMDR.

Louie was born 2 days after Warrior and has the same dad (along with Tina). These brothers live their best lives together.

Pearl and Junior are the newest members of the herd. Pearl is 6 years old and her gelding just turned 1.

This is Casper, the Whispering White Horse. The horse that started it all and the connection of a lifetime. His legacy lives on through Equid-Nexus.