Quintina Yates, LCSW
Virginia Licensed Clinical Social Worker #0904008592
Tennessee Licensed Clinical Social Worker #6654
Certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist
​EMDR Therapist

​​ Quintina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Tennessee.  She has 13 years experience addressing mental health issues, in both the community setting and private practice.  Quintina holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the College of William and Mary and a Master’s in Social Work from Radford University.  She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers and certified through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) as a framework for equine assisted psychotherapy.    

Quintina enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults.  She utilizes EMDR and equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) to help and support people as they work through their issues and concerns.  These models of treatment are especially effective in helping people understand how trauma affects their everyday life. 

EMDR is a trauma focused evidence based treatment that can help a person process any type of experience or event that causes a range of negative responses, including feelings of fear, horror and helplessness, guilt and shame, as well as a loss of trust in others and a decreased sense of safety.  This treatment assists with resumption of normal information processing and integration. This treatment approach results in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress from the disturbing memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers.

Also helpful in processing trauma responses is equine assistance psychotherapy (EAP).  Quintina’s primary equine partner is Marco, a 15 year old warmblood horse, and the equine professionals and trainers at Riverside Farms in Bristol, Tennessee. 

EAP involves hands-on, ground-based, horsemanship based experiences with the horse that promote human mental health.  There are several reasons we choose to use horses in this work, but primarily it is due to their nature as a social and prey animal. As a result of this nature, they have an extraordinary ability to read our nonverbal communication – picking up on messages we are sending which we are not always conscious we are doing.  With this, they start responding to us in familiar ways reminding us of other people and things in our life.  It is through this they become metaphors (symbols) providing us the opportunity to work on ourselves in relation to those aspects of our lives. 

Case studies indicate EAP can assist with trauma symptoms, poor self-esteem and overcoming fears, mood regulation, attention and hyperactivity issues, behavioral issues, anger management, relationship problems, depression, anxiety, stress, substance abuse, eating disorders, those in bereavement, people who are unresponsive to traditional therapies and those with other mental health challenges.