My name is Jessica Pinto and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and PATH certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. I am passionate about helping my clients amplify their strengths while making shifts in the patterns that are not serving their best selves. In my Corte Madera office I specialize in treating anxiety disorders in children and adolescents and utilize a multimodal approach that emphasizes connectedness, creativity and empathy. I have extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), including exposure therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which I blend with somatic approaches and mindfulness as well as a background in group therapy, nature-based experiential education and integrating expressive arts and play into the therapeutic process.
I strive to meet each individual where they are in the present moment with an openness and respect that invites them to deeply experience whatever they bring to the room (or the ranch).
In 2014 I founded Equinicity Marin at the Golden Gate Dairy Stables in Muir Beach, CA where I partner with my equine co-therapists and the deeply healing effects of the natural world to facilitate growth and learning. I am consistently inspired by the profound impact animals can make on our sense of self and our way of being in the world. I have been working in the field of therapeutic horsemanship since 2005 and began my journey at DreamPower Horsemanship, a PATH Premier Accredited Center in Gilroy, CA where I taught therapeutic riding and horsemanship to at-risk children and teens living in foster care and group homes. In 2006, I had the great privilege of co-founding Trails to Success, a unique therapeutic program in Briones, CA that utilized animals, art, and nature in experiential activities designed to develop social skills in children and teens. As the Clinical Director I facilitated individual and group equine therapy sessions throughout the year and directed a one-of-a-kind therapeutic summer camp for kids and teens with social and emotional struggles from 2008-2016.