WEST CALDWELL, NJ - New Jersey Family magazine recently asked its readers to select their favorite doctors in all practices and Kathy Lutz, of West Caldwell, was nominated by her patients as their favorite pediatric psychotherapist. As part of her practice, Lutz has been a Therapeutic Riding Instructor for over ten years at Rocking Horse Rehab, a family wellness center which specializes in equine-assisted therapy for children, adolescents and adults who are experiencing various special needs such as high functioning autism, anxiety, mood disorders and depression. The Rocking Horse Rehab is in West Orange on the grounds of the Essex Equestrian Center.
This is the second year Lutz has received the honor. As a psychotherapist, Lutz is a licensed clinical social worker.
"I teach social skills and mood regulation skills," Lutz explained.
Lutz stated that the horses are part of the treatment team; they help people to learn how to manage their behaviors in a more socially constructive way.
Lutz calls Small Fry the "star of the barn" and her "best buddy."
A chalk message inside the Rocking Horse Rehab barn reads:
Lutz works with all ages and she also has a private practice in Montclair where she specializes in drug and alcohol treatment and treating people with Aspergers.
Kathy Lutz, LCSW