Nancy is a Registered Psychotherapist with a Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology. Nancy was a police officer for 25 years in the City of Peterborough and has experienced firsthand the stress, anxiety, and demands of working in the field of emergency services. Her work in policing and work-related traumatic experiences provided the ambition to obtain her Master’s degree and purchase her first Neurofeedback machine in order to support those who are suffering from the impacts of traumatic experiences and PTSD in her community.
Nancy receives ongoing trauma-informed trainings and has recently completed her qualifications in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy. She is extremely excited to have her beautiful horses Maddie and Sage along with Neurofeedback as adjuncts to her psychotherapy practice, particularly in supporting individuals who have experienced trauma and continue to experience PTSD.
Nancy loves to be at the barn with Maddie, spending time with her kids and grandkids and anchoring her boat on the open water to catch up on reading.
Why horses? Horses are highly intelligent and sensitive animals. This sensitivity translates in their ability to instinctively analyze and react to our body language and other nonverbal cues. Horses then reflect back to people what is happening to them in terms of their internal emotional and psychological processes. It is hard to ignore their presence, power and size. Approaching horses provides the opportunity to reflect how we approach our own relationships and how we can face overwhelming experiences in our lives. Horses can demonstrate and teach self-awareness, honest communication, trust, healthy boundaries, leadership, patience, assertiveness and more.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy uses horse partners, a licensed therapist and the client who collaboratively work to learn about themselves, process feelings, behaviors and patterns. The horse is a tool to mirror client's experiences and facilitate change. Therapeutic results begin immediately. Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short-term or "brief" approach.
All of the activities with the horses are done on ground and no previous horse experience is required. There is no riding involved.
All services are available to adults and adolescents 13 years or older.