Veronica Lac, PhD, LPC is the Founder & Executive Director of The HERD Institute® which offers certification and training in Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy & Learning. She has 20 years of experience as a corporate trainer and mental health professional, as well as a certified therapeutic riding instructor, providing her with an integrated perspective to this work. Her academic background includes a Masters in Training and Performance Management, a Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy, and a PhD in Psychology.
Veronica specializes in working with eating disorders, trauma, and attachment and has developed equine and canine assisted programs for at-risk adolescents in collaboration with residential treatment centers and eating disorder clinics. She is also a PATH registered therapeutic riding instructor for clients with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities. Veronica is passionate about research in the field of equine facilitated psychotherapy and has authored multiple publications internationally in peer-reviewed journals, and two best-selling books. Veronica is on the Executive Board of a number of professional organizations including: American Psychological Association Division 32 (Secretary), University Professors Press (Editor), and The Humanitarian Alliance. She is also a peer-reviewer for The Journal of Humanistic Psychology, and The Humanistic Psychologist.