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From the Sofa to the Saddle

Trish Ring, M ’93, PhD ’96, received her master’s in psychology and PhD in counseling psychology from UF in 1993 and 1996, respectively, and has maximized her training in listening and guidance.

Trish Ring draws a distinction between heartache and suffering, believing the first is part of life and the second is unnecessary. With this perspective, she’s developed her blunt style as a life coach, for which she left clinical practice four years ago.

She’s also a Certified Equus Coach, having trained at the Koelle Institute for Equus Coaching. Trish is now the director of RingLeader Coaching at Blue Star Ranch, which she and her husband Carl created out of several derelict plots to create a refuge for people to enjoy nature. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the ranch’s 140 acres provides ample space for their seven horses, who interact with Trish’s coaching clients in a round pen. Horses’ sensitivity makes them ideal mirrors for Trish’s clients and how they relate to the world around them. The ranch is the largest equine coaching facility in the Southeast.

Blue Star Ranch
Trish with Gypsy.

After receiving her PhD, Trish taught at UF and then at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. In Memphis, she discovered a Jungian dream seminar, at which she eventually met Carl. She established a solo practice and spent the next two decades as a clinical psychologist. Feeling disillusioned, she embarked on a journey of self-questioning that led her to enter Martha Beck’s Master Life Coach program.

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