We are a 501(c)3 charitable organization and industry leader

providing experiential therapy programs to the greater San Diego area.

With a solid track record working with both individuals and families dealing with trauma and other mental health issues, we have experienced great success. Using a framework of Cognitively-Processed Experiential Therapies (CPET™), Rocking Horse Ranch is well known for providing contract services to mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities as well as private individuals and families, in order to help facilitate healing.

Trauma & PTSD

Anxiety & Depression

OCD & Addictive Behaviors

Family & Relationship Issues

Failure To Launch

Self Harm & Eating Disorders


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Thank you so much for choosing to support Rocking Horse Ranch. We literally couldn't manage without you!
Rocking Horse Ranch is incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, volunteer based, and is greatly dependent on donor support like yours. All donations made to Rocking Horse Ranch are 100% tax-deductible.


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Rocking Horse Ranch is looking for caring and energetic volunteers to join our team. We are looking for volunteers to assist with various tasks including animal care, assistance with client services, grounds keeping, PR/marketing, fundraising and more!


Check out what we do.

Rocking Horse Ranch is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping youth and adults who suffer from trauma and other life hardships. Experiential therapy is considered the "treatment of choice" for emotional trauma, however it has been proven highly successful for a multitude of other mental health diagnoses as well. Here is what we offer:











Has a passion to see you succeed.
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Kathy San Filippo

Executive Director

Kathy holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is certified as a clinical trauma specialist. She has worked for more than 30 years in the field of Experiential and Adventure therapy. She has developed curriculum, trained numerous therapists, and been at the forefront of providing experiential therapy services throughout San Diego County. She is known for her success with clients who have failed to thrive in the traditional “office” environment and holds to the belief that people are resilient and can overcome life’s adversities.

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Derek San Filippo

Operations Manager

Derek is the guy who seems to do everything! With a background in media arts and theatre he brings his own twist to every initiative. Originally hired for his observation skills as a facilitator, he has far outgrown his job description and now can be found doing everything from keeping us all on task, to the creation of new initiatives. Derek is a no-frills kind of guy who works hard to keep clients safe, provide leadership, demonstrate integrity, and provide genuine support and counseling to all who need it.


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