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Gloria M Griffin 

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia since 1994.

Graduate of Boston University, Florida Atlantic University, West Georgia University and Georgia State University earning degrees in psychology, guidance/counseling and School Psychology. In addition to state licensure, she holds certifications as a board certified consultant in Sport Psychology from the ABSP (American Board of Sport Psychology) and EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) , School Psychology and School Counseling.  Mrs. Griffin has 20 years experience in the school system as both a counselor and School Psychologist working with students with disabilities and mental health issues.

 She has extensive equine experience with skills obtained from riding/showing  as both a junior and adult as well as owning and managing a  barn in Parkland, Florida. She provides equine assisted therapeutic service and equine assisted learning at two barn/office locations in the north metro Atlanta area.  She currently enjoys riding her own horse for pleasure and training in the discipline of dressage. Mrs. Griffin is certified for EAGALA therapy.

 As a sport consultant, Gloria has personal experience as a golfer and equestrian. She is a low handicap golfer.  She has extensive junior tournament experience and most recently won the 2015 women’s club championship at Woodmont Golf Club in Canton and in 2006 at  Brookfield Country Club in Roswell.  As a junior, she was chosen to play for the New York City Metropolitan golf team under the coaching direction of Maureen Orcutt.   She has had the opportunity to play many challenging U.S. Open courses such as Winged Foot and Shinnecock Hills and Pinehurst. She has experience working with high school athletes in both tennis and golf to enhance their games through sport psychology activities. 


Anna Marie Sadler is an accomplished dressage trainer and rider. She is certified as a British Horse Society Assistant Instructor. She is also trained as a middle school teacher in Georgia. Anna Marie has a comprehensive understanding of horse behavior as well as the special needs of our clients.  


Sara Griffin, M.Ed. a past NCAA Divison 1 player and current tennis coach is a tennis consultant to Forward Strides Counseling.

Forward Strides Counseling LLC, 11795 Northfall Lane, Suite 601, Alpharetta GA 30009