Rocky Mountain Equi-Rhythm: Our Personnel

Caroline M. Roy, MSW, LCSW

Caroline M. Roy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in Boulder County for the past thirty-five years. Her work in the criminal justice system as a probation officer provided an opportunity to work with adolescents and adults from a variety of backgrounds who were experiencing numerous challenges. In 1999, she created Rocky Mountain Equi-Rhythm at Joder Arabian Ranch, out of a desire to work with youth in a non-traditional way. Since that time, she has worked with individuals from diverse backgrounds and provides therapy and skill building to help manage life challenges using the healing relationship of the horse. Caroline also works with horses and children in the capacity of a riding instructor and 4-H leader. She combines equine therapy with EMDR and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to address an individual’s trauma and teach skills of mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Caroline has a private therapy practice and works with children, adolescents, families, and adults. Her therapeutic approach is eclectic and combines classic psychodynamic therapy with a family systems therapy approach and incorporates her training in attachment theory, relational trauma, neuroscience, mindfulness, and experiential learning. Caroline also has certificates in farrier science, equine therapy, and mind, body, and energy therapy and is currently obtaining her yoga instructor certification.

Karen Eiffert, MSW, LCSW

Karen Eiffert is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. She has worked extensively with adolescents, young adults, and their families for over twenty years as a therapist, mentor, and caseworker. In 2006, Karen graduated from the Horsepower Instructor Training program and began combining her passion for helping people with her love of horses. Through partnering with horses, Karen helps her clients, both young and not-so-young, to apply skills and insights in a deeper, more authentic way. She has had the privilege of working with the Rocky Mountain Equi-Rhythm staff and herd since 2002. Karen has worked in both the public and the private sector in many capacities, including home-based services and therapy, adolescent crisis management and juvenile delinquency, juvenile sexual offending, independent living, hospital social work, mentorship and counseling for ‘failure to launch’ young men, and parent coaching. Karen has a private therapy practice and enjoys working with people of all ages to assist them in living their lives in a more satisfying, fulfilling way. She utilizes both traditional approaches, which include Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, as well as non-traditional interventions such as equine therapy, mindfulness, and body-centered techniques. She utilizes an honest, down-to-earth approach, and believes that nature, horses, and laughter are often the best medicine.

Masters Interns:

Rocky Mountain Equi-Rhythm offers master-level internships to first and second master-level students.

Emily Meszaros

Emily is pursuing a Master in Social Work degree at University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. As an intern, Emily works directly with RMER’s clients, as well as supports program development. She has 25 years of experience with horses and has been involved with equine-assisted therapy and activities for the past five years. Emily’s academic interests include studying the human-animal bond, equine-assisted mental health, and trauma processing and recovery. Her therapeutic approach generally includes cognitive behavioral therapy and experiential learning through nature-based activities. Emily received her Bachelor of Science degree at the Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University. Before moving to Colorado, she lived in New York City and worked as a project manager in marketing and special events.