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What is holding you back?

The answer to this question is not as complicated as you might think.

Every action is influenced by a belief.

Every belief is shaped by an experience.

Every experience elicits an emotion.

Your brain remembers what your body felt, and now it is seeking to protect you from harm even if there is no real threat. Perception is what matters as you react in a way that served you once but is no longer relevant or necessary.

Essentially, the impact of trauma (which is more common than realized), as well as the consequence of insecure attachments with primary caregivers, has shaped the way you see this world, others, yourself, and maybe even God. And that is what is influencing your mindset and habits.

The real question, then, isn't what is holding you back? Rather it is what steps will you take to embrace the possibilities of change as you choose to finally stabilize and thrive?


The A.R.I.S.E. Method will enable you to stabilize and thrive by gaining skills that lead to emotional resilience and relational strength.


How did you get to this moment? Notice what is happening in your body.

Learning how to identify sensations is helpful for regulation and is an excellent life skill as well as essential for being around and on a horse.


What are you feeling? Sad, Mad, Glad, or Afraid?

Noticing our emotions is essential because they influence our thoughts and the choices we make.


What are your beliefs about yourself, others, and this situation? 

Learning how to identify helpful versus harmful beliefs about your situation, yourself, others is necessary for choosing the next best step. 


What are your options, opportunities, and solutions?

Not every challenge needs to become a debilitating crisis or obstacle to moving forward. Learning how to assess the situation and the options is an essential life skill that leads to resiliency.


What is your next step? Be specific and realistic.

Engaging in the process of growth requires taking action with purpose and intentionality through setting S.M.A.R.T. goals and having the accountability provided through coaching to move forward.

Survival should be a state, not a trait. 

You can arise, stabilize, and thrive!

The growth process is possible when you seek to function with an integrated brain in a fully present body existing in the context of healthy connected relationships.

These are the principles supported by the developmental neuroscience model as described by experts such as D. Bruce Perry, Dan Siegel, Curt Thompson, Brene Brown, Bessel van der Kolk, and others.

For some, this process starts with counseling and transitions to coaching for cultivating life skills and vision-focused support.

For others, coaching is the first step of exploration and can lead to deeper therapeutic work.

Through the support of equine-assisted coaching, the growth process is accelerated by the feedback offered when interacting with a horse, revealing what is happening in the body as well as exposing the emotions and thoughts that rise up when engaging in relational connection.

Yes, through trauma-informed coaching, utilizing the A.R.I.S.E. Method devised by Lisa Pulliam, the founder of, you will learn how to stabilize and thrive by growing emotionally resilient and relationally strong so that you can live the life you were made for.

Stop Surviving and 

Start Thriving


Download the Six Essentials for a Stabilized Life workbook!

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