Hello! My name is Christina Marz and this is me with parts of my rescue herd.
I am the founder and creator of The Marz Method©, Horse Guided Empowerment©, Empoderamiento con Caballos®, and The Sin Miedo Initiative©. As part of my work I attend counseling clients, teach worldwide, write books and serve as an advisor for many institutions. I am also a founding board member of The Lexi-Drake Foundation, The Galapagos Horse Friends Foundation, and the Society for Ethics and Animal Welfare International (EAW)
My work is a result of everything I have learned and experienced in my 40+ years, including 30+ years of experience in training, managing, and rehabilitating horses.
Now in 2021, I dedicate most of my time to developing our retreat program, to the development and academic accreditation of my method, and to training other professionals all over the world. My certified students are in charge of leading workshops and the Holistic Equine TherapyPrograms for kids in many locations, including my chosen home town Cotacachi, Ecuador.
I am most grateful when I support others on their trauma healing journeys, or when I help colleagues build a successful, holistic coaching business with their herds. Apart from that, I can be found homeschooling my three boys.
Giving back and helping those in crisis has always been a big motivator for me and over the years I have created two philanthropic projects: The Sin Miedo© (meaning “No Fear”) Initiative offers trauma mitigation for families, and the Lexi-Drake Foundation provides free therapeutic services to underprivileged kids. As you can imagine, both projects have their hands full in the developing country of Ecuador.
I define myself as a Family Therapist with a specialization in trauma. My studies include marketing psychology and clinical psychology in Germany and the United States, and I constantly add new knowledge to my portfolio. As a self-directed, very curious researcher I never stop learning:
Psychology, Mental Health & Coaching
Certified HeartMath® Trainer,
TeleMental Health, Zur Institute
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, IATP
Cognitive-Behavioral Trauma Interventions, NCTSN/MUSC
Certified REBT-Mindset Life Coach, Transformation Academy
Positive Psychiatry & Mental Health, University of Sydney
Body Language, Science of People
Cognitive Processing Therapy, NCTSN
Systemic Constellations, Werkstatt Psychology
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My specialization are families
Adolescent Trauma & Substance Abuse, NCTSN
Motivational Interviewing (MI), 3C Institute
Couples Therapy (Attachment Model), The Couples Institute
Child-centered Play Therapist CCPT-P, Play Therapy Institute
Filial Therapy for Play Therapists, Rise van Fleet
Specialization in ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders), including the Son-Rise Program, Jonathan Levy, and others
The Power of Vulnerability, Brené Brown
Resolving Chronic Misbehavior, CMI Institute
And … the horses!
PathIntl Mentor Boot Camp
Horse assisted Learning, Pacagua
Family Constellations with horses, Pacagua
Equine-assisted EMDR protocol
Therapeutic Riding and Volting, Marianne Gaeng
Parelli Natural Horsemanship (Level 3)
Carolyn Resnick Waterhole Rituals
Equine TTouch, Linda Tellington-Jones
Equine Veterinarian Care, Tallgrass Institute
A childhood full of classic dressage, volting and driving