College of Social and Behavioral Health
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Dr. Cheryl Meola is a counselor, supervisor, and educator in the field of mental health counseling. She is the founder of a private practice where she specializes in equine assisted therapy and a founder of a non-profit focused on helping veterans access mental health services and equine assisted activities. At Walden, she teaches courses in the clinical counseling program. Her research has been focused on equine assisted learning and therapy with various populations, including adolescents in inpatient substance abuse treatment and veterans, as well as the efficacy of equine assisted supervision on counselors-in-training. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences on these topics and published in multiple peer-reviewed journals. She has also published a book on how to develop skills to help with anxiety. In 2015, she was recognized as the Equine Facilitated Psychotherapist of the Year by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International for her contributions to the field.