Highlands Gate Wellness
I consider myself to be very fortunate to be living and working at Highlands Gate, an 85 acre farm in Lanark Highlands, Ontario, with my husband Ray and our herd. All of the photos on the website were taken at the farm and the vistas, fields, forest, marsh, ponds and century old log buildings are here for you to experience.
I was born with the "horse-lover' gene and I have been privileged to weave these magnificent animals in to my life and work, first with Therapeutic Riding and now in the field of Counselling, Psychotherapy, Spirituality and Equine Facilitated Wellness.
The approach taken in therapy sessions is from a holistic, nature based and experiential approach to psychotherapy, integrating mindfulness and focusing techniques. A combination of theories may be applied depending on the needs of the client including an in depth Psychodynamic approach, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy. My influences have been Pat Ogden, Peter Levine, Babette Rothchild and Dr. Bruce Perry in terms of a somatic approach to working with survivors of trauma. My mentor and trainer in the field of Equine Facilitated Wellness has been Deborah Marshall of http://www.generationfarms.ca Mary Smith of Buckingham, Quebec was one of my first teachers. She and her husband Victor, shared their innate ability of how to live a grounded, present focused, community minded life on their small farm where they raised Morgan horses, near Buckingham, Quebec.