About Illa Knappik

I offer horse-based coaching and psychological counselling.

In order to better understand and help my clients in my counselling sessions, I take advantage of a variety of methods including verbal interaction, imaginations and others. Specially to work with pictures and emotions is on what I base my work.  The fields that interest me the most, I am also involved in teaching.  I also lead a number of groups in these areas; and I write articles on my experiences.

In organizing personal retreats and self-development courses on Sardinia island, my second home,  I draw on my educational and professional background, my personal experiences, and many valuable contacts in the field of self-development that I have made in recent years.



  • Born and grown up in Baviera, Germany, mother of two children.
  • Several semesters studying Medicine, then Communication Science and Romance Languages and Literature.
  • 1987 - 2006: Marketing and PR for several companies in the field of medicine and research.
  • 1998 - 2007: Continued studies in psychology and family constellations
  • since 2007: free-lance author for several magazines
  • 2008:  Certified as a Natural Health Professional for Psychotherapy.  Since then, counselling clients using psychotherapy.
  • 2009:  Intensive continued studies in Katathym Imaginative Psychotherapy.
  • 2013 / 2014: further education in "coaching with horses" / "horse-based psychotherapy"
  • 2014: further education in horse-based coaching and HorseSense-certification as trainer.
    Network partner of "horsesense international".
  • 2017: further education in "Riding Therapy", certified "trainer for horse assisted therapy" according ISAAT (International Society for Animal Assisted Therapy).
    Since then working as trainer for horse assisted therapy.