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Mental Health and Wellness for Children and Youth

Empowered By Horses

Private Organization

We offer private and group programs for children and youth seeking support with mental health and wellness by partnering with horses in nature.

Program Information

The focus of Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW) sessions is healing, growth and empowerment. Although an equine facilitated wellness session is not psychotherapy or counselling it is a learning experience that promotes self awareness; social and communication skills; and tools for coping with personal challenges, decision making and problem solving. EFW is based on research that suggests being in nature and connecting with animals is not only a gentle and effective way to foster self discovery and healing but that horses actually support that healing. EFW is currently used all over the world in therapeutic work with war veterans, people with autism and traumatized children. While EFW works well alone, it is also used in partnership with mental health professionals.

Equine Counselling - Blending counselling and Equine Facilitated Wellness, Kirsten Hargreaves, RCC, and Carla Webb BA, EFW-CAN, are guided by values developed with a trauma informed lens. Basing their partnership on using the most effective modality for their clients, Carla and Kirsten provide a gentle space for healing, learning, and growing. This proven integrated approach benefits children, adults, families and communities.


29595 Galahad Cres Abbotsford V4X 2E4

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