Becky’s Journey to Becoming a Counselor
As far back as I can remember, I have wanted to work in a helping profession. In the course of my
undergraduate study, I became interested in providing emotional support to others and completed a
bachelor’s of science degree in psychology. As I neared completion of my undergraduate degree, my
mother was diagnosed with Leukemia and underwent bone marrow transplant. It was through her
transplant social worker that I learned of social work as a profession and decided to pursue a Master of
Social Work degree. In the graduate setting, I specialized in work with children, teens and families.
Since completing my education, I have obtained 27 years of experience as a clinical social worker in
various healthcare settings, including school-based mental health and pediatric oncology social work.
Most recently, I have worked as a grief counselor in a hospice setting, providing support to teens, young
adults, adults and older adults.
Paralleling my educational path, was my long-term love and appreciation for horses. Having owned
horses, I am very aware of the connection and presence that they bring to their relationships. I am
especially committed to pairing my two passions—helping others and partnership with horses—in my
service to those in need.
Becky’s Approach to Counseling
As a clinician, I tend to embrace a client-centered and strengths-based framework guided by Gestalt theory. I believe that my main roles are companion and guide for my clients. Companion in the sense that I see counseling as a partnership based in trust and with the goal of accessing my client’s inner wisdom for healing. I am a guide in the sense that I am dedicated to ensuring knowledgeable, compassionate care aimed at equipping those whom I support with the skills necessary for navigation of the challenges of life. I feel that these goals are best achieved when provided in a safe, supportive environment. Connection with horses and nature offers such safety and support through their non-judgmental witness and present moment focus.
I am interested in working with children, adolescents, and adults in the areas of:
- Grief and loss–grief education, support and suggestions for healthy coping encourage
adaptation to life after loss.
- Equine assisted therapy—horses encourage us to become more self-aware through modeling
how to live in the here and now.
- Spirituality–connection with horses and nature help us to connect with our Divine spark and the
support that this awareness provides.
Degrees and Certifications
Bachelor of Science in Psychology—Wofford College, SC
Master’s Degree in Social Work—University of Georgia
Certified Gestalt Equine Psychotherapist—Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies