About Us

Joy Nussen, LMFT 

EAGALA Mentor & Advanced Certified Equine Assisted Practitioner
EquineWorks Founder & C.E.O. 

Joy completed her undergraduate studies in 1984 at the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She completed her post graduate studies  in 1988, at California State University, Northridge with a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology. Joy has been licensed since 1991 to practice as a Marriage, Family & Child Psychotherapist in the state of California. She worked for many years with  adolescents in group home settings, both in Florida and California, and served as a licensed clinical case manager for 12 years in the behavioral health managed care insurance industry. Joy has provided mental health services for individuals of varying ages and cultures struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma and addiction to substances.

Joy began her EAGALA journey in 2006 and in 2009, created EquineWorks: Horses Reading People. In 2012, inspired by the positive feedback she was receiving from clients about this work, Joy co-authored: “Soul Recovery: Equine Assisted Activities for Healing from Abuse by Others, Loss of Others & Loss of Self.”  She earned her EAGALA Advanced Certification in 2014, became an EAGALA Mentor two years later and now offers a variety of services including supervision for mental health professionals seeking licensure, mobile services for EAGALA Model team members seeking an MH or ES, and remote or in-person Q.A. (quality assurance) services for EAGALA Model programs.

EquineWorks relocated to Oregon in January, 2019 but continues to operate in Orange County, California, when needed, offering equine assisted team building experiences.

People and horses who’ve experienced similar difficulties, betrayals, and abuses are like two strings tuned to the same note. – Linda Kohanov