Raising the Standards of Hypnotherapy

Sara C. Hufstader, M.Ed., CCHt

EquiThink/Encompass Hypnotherapy
Wellington, FL
Languages: English
Cognitive strategies for equestrian athletes.
Lifelong equestrian from the Chicago area.
Trained and competed in hunter seat equitation, eventing, and jumpers.
Specialization in classical dressage as well as cross-discipline dressage.
Professional Experience
Interscholastic and intercollegiate teaching and coaching at Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) and Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) schools to individual and team national titles.
Break and train European and American warmbloods.
Teach private dressage clients.
Professor of Equestrian Studies.
Author of a collegiate dressage curriculum.
Counseled athletes including hockey players, football players, wrestlers, runners, swimmers, and equestrians.
Competitive Performance
Selected to compete for Morven Park International Equestrian Institute in United States Combined Training Association (USCTA) now United States Eventing Association (USEA) .
Competed in recognized American Horse Show Association (AHSA) now United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) hunter seat equitation, hunters & jumpers, American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) quarter horse versatility, USCTA now USEA eventing, and United States Dressage Federation (USDF) dressage nationally.
Trained and competed private horses on Florida winter circuit.
Induction into the Skidmore College Athletic Hall of Fame after coaching the IHSA equestrian team to their first national championship title.
Technical consultant for: Van Raalte, J. L., Brewer, B. W., & Petitpas, A. J. (Executive Producers). (2008). Mental Skills for Equestrian Athletes [Videotape]. (Available from Virtual Brands, 10 Echo Hill Rd., Wilbraham, MA  01095 or http://www.vbvideo.com).
Coached Savannah College of Art and Design's American National Riding Commission (ANRC) team to first dressage sportif win and assisted in three consecutive ANRC national championship wins.
Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan (1979).
Instructor’s Certification, Morven Park International Equestrian Institute, Leesburg, Virginia  (1981).
Master of Education degree in Psychology/Athletic Counseling, Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts (2007).
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy, Tampa, Florida (2014)
Continuing Education
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine: 7-Day Professional Training. (6/2006). Presented by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Sati Sartori. Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York
Instructor’s Certification, Morven Park International Equestrian Institute.
Master Practitioner certification in neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and hypnosis.
Certification in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
Private Pilot license with complex aircraft rating.
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, International Association of Interpersonal Hypnotherapist (IAIH).
Professional Memberships
International Association of Interpersonal Hypnotherapists, Member since 2013