Natalie Runge, MA, LPCC earned a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Liberty University. She completed the Animals and Human Health certificate program through the Graduate School of Social Work and the Institute of Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor who specializes with adolescents and adults and in treating trauma, depression, anxiety, family violence, and other mental health issues. She has experience providing animal-assisted therapy alongside, Bubba, her therapy dog in training, and by partnering with equines in individual and group equine-assisted psychotherapy. She also provides mental health crisis assessment, interventions, and treatment planning through Region IV South Mobile Crisis Response team. Her work in the field of animal-human interaction includes furthering awareness and understanding of the human-animal bond, advocating and educating on the link between animal cruelty and family violence, and she is engaged as a co-author to book chapters pertaining to the human-animal bond. She was also the recipient of the 2016 Minnesota Women in Psychology Dorris Loeffler scholarship, which was awarded based upon her professional accomplishments and continued endeavors to contribute to the field of animal-human interaction.