Program Director, Founder
EAGALA Certified 2003
Since Give an Hour’s inception, licensed psychologist Darlene Williams, Ph.D., PA, has served as a dedicated volunteer provider. In 2010, Dr. Williams founded Horse Corps, a free monthly therapy group for military women suffering from post-traumatic stress and/or military sexual trauma utilizing equine-assisted psychotherapy.
There is a growing interest in equine therapy supporting the psychological health and family relationships of service members, veterans, and their families worldwide. Dr. Williams practices clinical and forensic and transpersonal psychology. She has advanced training in hypnosis, forensic psychology, and equine-assisted psychotherapy, as well as 26 years of experience in treating individuals with a wide range of mental health issues. In the forensic field, Dr. Williams has published journal articles and a book chapter. She is a former board member for PACE Center for Girls and presently serves on the board for the Institute for Survivors of Incest & Sexual Violence, Inc.
Dr. Williams served as a Founding Member and Associate Trainer for both the International Academy for Advanced Clinical Hypnosis and the American Institute for Rapid Trauma Resolution. Her areas of specialty include trauma recovery, grief and loss, psychocardiology, couples and family treatment, and transpersonal psychotherapy. Dr. Williams is certified in Hypnotherapy as well as Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy. Author ofResurrecting Self: Understanding and Treating Military Women with PTSD & MST–A Guide for Survivors and Those Who Love and Care for Them, she was approved since 2009 and 2014 by the APA to provide CEs in the area of PTSD/MST for mental health professionals. In addition, she is approved as a Mental Health Consultant, Department of Labor, and Center for Excellence, St. Petersburg, Fla; approval pending for 2018.
She is co-founder of Sun Song Healing Retreats & Workshops, part of the Equusolutions nonprofit organization, and has been interviewed on broadcast and internet radio, television, and in print. As a result of Dr. Williams’ work with horses and military women with PTSD/MST, she has been approved by The American Psychological Association to offer CE workshops using equine therapy methods for military women. Interested parties can the office at (727) 467-4213 for more information.
Equine Assisted modalities-presented by Equusolutions, Inc. incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning.
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