My Approach to Helping
It's such a powerful thing, seeking help. It can also be vulnerable, scary, and the unknown. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Work practitioner that understands the complexities of human emotion and interpersonal relationships. My treatment approach stems always from a strengths-based perspective, as you are the expert of yourself. Sometimes, we need outside support to process through difficult situations and challenging times. My practice Head, Heart & Hooves Counseling was founded on a mission of creating accessible alternatives to traditional talk therapy. We offer Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) located in the beautiful setting of Bend, Oregon.
More Info About My Practice
Head, Heart & Hooves Counseling (HHH) was founded on a mission of creating accessible alternatives to traditional talk therapy. We offer Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) located in the beautiful setting of Bend, Oregon.
When you come to Head, Heart & Hooves, we begin by exploring the primary reason(s) that you're struggling and difficult situations you're currently facing.
We then learn about the herd and begin learning basic horsemanship skills in relation to our own bodies. This model, called biofeedback, allows us to learn that we can control our emotions and increase the awareness of our bodies individual reaction during stress, mental health crisis, and coping.
We then take what we're learning and apply it to our everyday lives, integrating our work together from the therapist, horse, to the client.
EAT is much different from traditional talk therapy in that it is experiential in nature. That is, as well as working through current issues by talking them through and processing, we are actively working with our horse partner to apply skills and learn more about our bodies.
In addition, you'll begin to develop a basic understanding of horsemanship and the connection we share between human and animal.
The best way to learn about EAT is to give it a try. Reach out and schedule a session to see if it is a good fit for you.
My Therapy Focus
What Is Equine Assisted Therapy?
Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) is all about the connection we share with both the horse, the environment, and the growthlearning process we have as a result. Within EAT, a licensed clinician guides you through life transitions, stressors, and challenges in partnership with a horse partner.
You may be facing overwhelming anxiety related to school. Maybe you are feeling sad and hopeless most of the time. There may be a multitude of life transitions happening at one time, causing you to feel stressed and overwhelmed. A horse can help with all of that.
You see, horses are a mirror, a reflection of what our internal process looks like. Horses are authentic beings without placing strain or judgment on the emotions we face. Horses do not condemn or judge, but they ask us to be true to ourselves.