Mr. Allen E. Rush is a Licensed Professional Counselor who started applying the principles of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to using horses to work with children in 1996. He showed horses in junior high and high school, then trained horses in college and graduate school. He earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 1992, spent the 92-93 school year studying family communication at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, and then came back home to complete a master's degree in Community Counseling at Stephen F. Austin State University in 1995. In 1996, Mr. Rush worked with the counseling staff at Jane Long Middle School in Bryan to develop a program which brought horses to campus to work with students with behavior problems. The success of that initial effort led to the development of a complete equine-assisted counseling program. Allen has deep roots in Angelina County. He and his wife, a teacher at Lufkin Middle School, are Lufkin natives and they have two teenagers at Lufkin High School. Allen's counseling practice is located on the family farm in Burke where he grew up riding horses.