Equine Assisted Psychotherapy


Dr. Bob Bakko, LCPC, CCMHC, PC

Eagala Certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist



Professional, Experiential Therapy That Works

The EAGALA model is a distinct experience-based, team approach framework designed to empower clients to analyze their situations, make connections and find their own solutions through personal and physical experiences. Clients often report more effective and efficient change than through traditional psychotherapy.


A letter From Dr. Bob Bakko:

Hello everyone!

In the spring of 2016, I completed certification in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy through two required levels of training with EAGALA. I have found this modality for counseling to be especially helpful for all ages, couples, team building, trauma work, Problems with anxietyr depression, etc. I have found the horses offer my clients their honest feedbackand powerful usable information helping clients with their process. It is my clients who best determine the kinds of life changes they need to make in order to improve their lives. The EAGALA Model is Client-Centered and Solution Oriented.

I am pleased and excited to inform you I am now offering equine assisted psychotherapy by appointment only. More information regarding the EAGALA Model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is included with the document below. Making an appointment or refferal is easy by calling my office (406) 259-6161 ext : 2 and leave your  name and the best way to contact you. I will get back to you as soon as I can!

Here are some helpful details to begin :
(Please read the document included below regarding this modality)

  • Location : Yellowstone Boy’s and Girl’s Ranch Arena
  • The Team : Dr. Bob Bakko, LCPC, CCMHC, Certified Equine Psychotherapist and Rochelle Smith, PATH Certified and EAGALA Certified (Equine Specialist)
  • How many sessions? We encourage 10-12 sessions but more may be recommended.
  • Cost : Bob Bakko will bill your medical insurance for the professional time: any co-pays would be paid at time of session. Most insurance companies cover equine assisted psychotherapy. $50 each session for the Stable Fee and Equine Specialist.

Bob Bakko, D.Min, LCPC, CCMHC, PC is still operating his private practice with Northwest Counseling Center, LLC.


The EAGALA Model

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The EAGALA Model is a distinctive experiential framework designed to allow clients the latitude to discover, learn, and grow from the horse-human relationship.

Known as equine-assisted psychotherapy, or equine-assisted learning depending on the session objectives, the EAGALA Model is the global standard for professionals. Here’s why:

The EAGALA Model is highly professional.

EAGALA is the leading association offering a fully-developed, professionally endorsed treatment model for mental health professionals practicing equine-assisted psychotherapy. The EAGALA Model stands alone in the world of equine-assisted psychotherapy and personal development because of the model’s standards, code of ethics, continuing education requirements, replicable framework, and team approach. Under the EAGALA Model, both a registered, credentialed Mental Health Professional and a certified Equine Specialist work together collaboratively at all times to assure clients get the therapeutic attention and support they need as they make life changes.

The most effective work happens on the ground.

The EAGALA Model involves no riding or horsemanship, making it both safe and effective. Clients work directly with horses face-to-face on the same footing. This ground level work enables clients to better perceive the horses’ actions and reactions as they work to process and solve their life challenges. Under the trained eye of the EAGALA Treatment Team, horses offer clients honest feedback and usable information that helps them understand how their process and actions affect others and impacts their lives.

The EAGALA Model is client-centered and solution-oriented.

The work is built on the premise that it’s the clients who best determine the kinds of life changes they need to make in order to improve their lives. The job of the EAGALA treatment team is to put the EAGALA Model to work to meet the clients’ goals by engaging the unique intuitive power of horses to help them understand their process and practice the changes they want to make in a safe, supportive setting.

EAGALA is the only association with a code of ethics AND a process to uphold those ethics assuring the highest standard of care.