I have a masters degree in counseling psychology with a specialization in art therapy. My style is client-centered, holistic and strength-based. I also borrow from other clinical approaches such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), equine assisted mental health and other supportive therapies.
- Founder of Medicine Horse Center of Montana– est. 2013 to help women and their families gracefully navigate challenging times.
- Experience working with women and children in therapeutic and educational settings.
- Mindfulness practices to help clients enhance their insight and increase their ability to sooth them self.
- Abbie Shelter and Violence Free Crisis Line. I have experience working with adolescent and adult survivors of trauma, domestic, dating and sexual violence and the sometimes maladaptive coping skills that result. I provided individual counseling and group therapy services for the domestic violence shelter, survivors of dating violence and sexual assault in our community.
- PEACE Project , I also worked extensively worked with the PEACE Project. The PEACE Project’s mission was to provide services and information with in the schools and community to educate girls about dating violence. We provided educational activities and workshops to over 900 students in our community. These activities included a “Red Flag Campaign” to help girls recognize behaviors that may lead to dating violence, three performances of the play, The Vagina Monologues, which were performed by the students and a variety of other presentations in schools and other venues.
- Created and Implemented an Art Therapy program for Flathead Crossroads School. Interventions emphasized art therapy and specific preventative, crisis and psycho-educational interventions for children with emotional and behavioral disorders.
- Equine Assisted Mental Health. I was certified in 2014 in Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP™) which excels in incorporating sound principles of horse psychology, an awareness of brain development, and a focus on the client’s developing relationship with the horse. I also have additional training in Sung Nagi Kici Okiju – Becoming One with the Spirit of the Horse, which is a unique experience that honors the spirit of the horse to help people find balance and “So You Want to Work with the Military” EAGALA training specifically focusing on the special needs of military personnel.
The Equine-Assisted Mental Health (EAMH) Practitioner Certificate is a 500+ hour post-masters certificate program at the University of Denver for mental health professionals wanting to add equine-assisted work as a treatment strategy to their psychotherapy practice.
- Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM): Crisis Intervention Team for the Flathead Valley providing a wide range of crisis intervention services, specifically for first respondors and other high risk workplace environments.
Military Culture: Core Competencies for Healthcare Professionals. Other training’s included: EAGALA: So You Want to Work with the Military Equine Assisted Therapy, Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and Treating the Invisible Wounds of War (TTIWW)
The Breathe Network. Embodied approaches to healing to allow survivors to reclaim and reconnect their physical, emotional and spiritual selves in the aftermath of sexual violence.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) emphasis is on teaching suicide first-aid to help a person at risk stay safe and seek further help as needed. It focuses on providing participants with the knowledge and skills to recognize risk and develop safety plans to reduce the risk of suicide.
- Founder and President of Northern Rockies Equine Assisted Practitioners Association (NREAPA) a non-profit organization for Professionals and Equine Specialists who use the human horse bond to facilitate healing and education through equine assisted mental health, equine assisted physical therapy and equine assisted learning.
- When Horses Hear the Unspeakable: A Guide To Trauma Informed Equine Therapy: designed for equine assisted mental health therapists who work with trauma survivors both in and out of the arena.