Dr. Kathleen Broughan - Founder & Executive Director, Clinician Dr. Kathleen Broughan is a clinical and sport psychologist, licensed in South Carolina and Tennessee. Dr. Broughan has over 25 years of professional experience, including 14 years of EAP practice. After earning her PhD from the University of Tennessee, she began her professional career with the Helen Ross McNabb Mental Health Center. She subsequently founded Child and Adult Clinical Associates, a large private practice she owned and managed for over ten years. In 2005 Dr. Broughan moved to  South Carolina and paired her two passions- psychotherapy and horses in the creation of Lowcountry Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, a 501 {c} 3. She has continued in the capacity of the Executive Director and service provider since that time. Dr. Broughan has worked with a wide variety of client populations, including adults, at-risk children and teens, and families. She has extensive experience treating a range of psychological difficulties, including trauma, PTSD, ADHD, Attachment issues, Depression, Anxiety, and Eating Disorders. She is an aftercare therapist for Remuda Ranch and The Hearth, both residential treatment facilities specializing in individuals with eating disorders. Dr. Broughan served as a forensic expert and expert witness to the state and federal courts in a variety of criminal and civil cases. She developed a particular expertise in the area of domestic violence and presented the first ‘Battered Woman Syndrome’ testimony allowed into evidence in the State of Tennessee. In addition to her skills as a psychologist, Dr. Broughan is an accomplished horsewoman. She has been riding and training horses since high school. In 1998 she was awarded the United States Dressage Federation’s Silver Medal. In 1999, she was a credentialed equestrian sports psychologist at the European Championships in Holland. In 2000, she served as the team psychologist for TEAM ISRAEL in Israel’s bid for an Olympic spot. Dr. Broughan was featured in the My Life column in the May, 2006 issue of Practical Horseman Magazine.

Dr. Kathleen Broughan - Founder & Executive Director, Clinician

Dr. Kathleen Broughan is a clinical and sport psychologist, licensed in South Carolina and Tennessee. Dr. Broughan has over 25 years of professional experience, including 14 years of EAP practice. After earning her PhD from the University of Tennessee, she began her professional career with the Helen Ross McNabb Mental Health Center. She subsequently founded Child and Adult Clinical Associates, a large private practice she owned and managed for over ten years.

In 2005 Dr. Broughan moved to  South Carolina and paired her two passions- psychotherapy and horses in the creation of Lowcountry Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, a 501 {c} 3. She has continued in the capacity of the Executive Director and service provider since that time.

Dr. Broughan has worked with a wide variety of client populations, including adults, at-risk children and teens, and families. She has extensive experience treating a range of psychological difficulties, including trauma, PTSD, ADHD, Attachment issues, Depression, Anxiety, and Eating Disorders. She is an aftercare therapist for Remuda Ranch and The Hearth, both residential treatment facilities specializing in individuals with eating disorders.

Dr. Broughan served as a forensic expert and expert witness to the state and federal courts in a variety of criminal and civil cases. She developed a particular expertise in the area of domestic violence and presented the first ‘Battered Woman Syndrome’ testimony allowed into evidence in the State of Tennessee.

In addition to her skills as a psychologist, Dr. Broughan is an accomplished horsewoman. She has been riding and training horses since high school. In 1998 she was awarded the United States Dressage Federation’s Silver Medal. In 1999, she was a credentialed equestrian sports psychologist at the European Championships in Holland. In 2000, she served as the team psychologist for TEAM ISRAEL in Israel’s bid for an Olympic spot. Dr. Broughan was featured in the My Life column in the May, 2006 issue of Practical Horseman Magazine.

deb Schmitz -LPC, Clinician   Deb Schmitz is a native of NY, but has had the opportunity to live and work in VA, TX and LA due to being a military spouse.  In 2008, Charleston became "home"  when her family finished their final military tour here. Deb received her MS Ed. in Counseling in 2000 from Old Dominion University in VA, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both TX and SC, with experience working with people of all ages and abilities across a variety of settings.  Her clinical experience includes working with individuals who are Deaf and/or multiply disabled, victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, with children and teachers in the schools, and lastly, with our military. Deb's military connection extends beyond being a Navy spouse, as she has worked at Naval Station Ingleside (TX) and Joint Base Charleston (SC) with active duty service members, veterans and their families treating issues surrounding trauma, domestic violence and child abuse, relational problems, deployment and reintegration, mood disorders and adjustment issues. Being a clinician with LEAP combines Deb's two passions:  empowering people to make positive changes in their lives and her love of horses.  Through her experience as a rider, enthusiast, and clinician, she has known first-hand the healing power of horses, and is honored to be a part of LEAP and to serve our Charleston-area community.  

deb Schmitz -LPC, Clinician

 

Deb Schmitz is a native of NY, but has had the opportunity to live and work in VA, TX and LA due to being a military spouse.  In 2008, Charleston became "home"  when her family finished their final military tour here. Deb received her MS Ed. in Counseling in 2000 from Old Dominion University in VA, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both TX and SC, with experience working with people of all ages and abilities across a variety of settings.  Her clinical experience includes working with individuals who are Deaf and/or multiply disabled, victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, with children and teachers in the schools, and lastly, with our military.

Deb's military connection extends beyond being a Navy spouse, as she has worked at Naval Station Ingleside (TX) and Joint Base Charleston (SC) with active duty service members, veterans and their families treating issues surrounding trauma, domestic violence and child abuse, relational problems, deployment and reintegration, mood disorders and adjustment issues.

Being a clinician with LEAP combines Deb's two passions:  empowering people to make positive changes in their lives and her love of horses.  Through her experience as a rider, enthusiast, and clinician, she has known first-hand the healing power of horses, and is honored to be a part of LEAP and to serve our Charleston-area community.