Lifeline Equine Therapy Services 

Lifeline's mission is to use rescued horses to help heal veterans, military, and first responders who may be suffering from a host of debilitating conditions, including depression, anxiety, moral injury, and survivor's guilt. We offer Equine-Assisted Pyschotherapy as well as Decompression and Team-Building programs. We currently have an in-house EAGALA Model certified Equine Specialist. If you are a licensed therapist interested in using EAP for your clients, please contact us at More information about EAGALA may be found here:



Equine Specialist:
Leila Hertzberg is an Eagala-certified Equine Specialist and professional horsewoman with over 40 years of experience working with horses. She is the founder and Executive Director of Lifeline Horse Rescue.
Leila has a deep understanding of military culture and community. She is Lead Volunteer for Alpha Company 175th Infantry Regiment, Maryland Army National Guard Family Readiness Group. Leila also serves as Military Liaison for the PMI Silver Spring Chapter, as well as Outreach Assistant for Military OneSource, where she regularly briefs servicemembers, transitioning veterans, and their families. 
Leila has a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from George Washington University and a Master's Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University.
Mental Health Specialist:
Courtney Patti, MSW, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 15 years of practice working with the chronic medical and behavioral health population. She was certified by Eagala in 2021 as a mental health provider. Courtney is a trauma-focused therapist, licensed in Virginia and Maryland.  Her specialty focuses on treating adolescents and adults whose lives are impacted by depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, chronic pain and unresolved emotional issues. She assists clients who are transitioning and adjusting to civilian culture from military or government services, or needing to address problem solving for peak performance training, interpersonal relationships, communication skills, anger management, or relaxation skills with holistic approaches.
Courtney Patti has 11 years of experience with military, first responder and government culture and focuses on high confidentiality and candid insights. She has worked with the military population throughout the National Capital Region, specifically at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and Intrepid Spirit Center at Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital, a satellite site for National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE). 
Courtney's experience includes working at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington Hospital Center Outpatient Behavioral Health, University of Virginia Medical Center, Sheppard Pratt Health System and Ft Belvoir Community Hospital, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Minor in Religion from Sweet Briar College. Courtney received her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Catholic University of America. 
Courtney Patti is the owner of Warrior Psychotherapy Services, PLLC. Eclectic therapeutic approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), accelerated resolution therapy (A.R.T.), dialectic behavior therapy (DBT), prolonged exposure (PE), motivational interviewing (MI), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Alpha Stim, solution focused therapy and EAGALA certified mental health services. 

Lifeline Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation's equine-assisted therapy program, Lifeline Equine Therapy Services (LETS), hosted a FREE weekly peer support group on Zoom for those who were experiencing fear, anxiety, economic pressure, and/or other concerns during the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. We understand that the unknown may be unsettling and anxiety provoking. Our goal was  to support anyone who is feeling the strain of the times. This support group began on Wednesday 4/15/20 and ran weekly. Thank you to all who participated and made this a useful platform for dealing with the pandemic.

If at any time you may be having thoughts of self-harm, please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. 

Lifeline Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation


22600 Robin Ct

Gaithersburg Maryland 20882

+1 301-318-1686 +1 301-318-1686


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