Jennifer Garland, BA, MACP (She/Her)

Registered Psychotherapist 

Owner/Program Director

Jennifer Garland Psychotherapy/The Mane Intent 

 Business Experience: 

  • Registered Psychotherapist and Owner,  Jennifer Garland Psychotherapy – The Mane Intent  – Established in 2014, providing wellness workshops and programs,  individual counselling and psychotherapy, equine therapy, equine-assisted learning, individual and team effectiveness coaching and leadership development working with horses as natural coaches.
  • Owner, The Cactus Group – Established in 1997, this management consulting firm serves a variety of sectors including health care, non-profits and government agencies, providing services in strategic planning, corporate and marketing communications, community investment, workshop/meeting design and facilitation, and change management
  • Director, Corporate Communications, Reliance Home Comfort (14 years)
  • Facilitator, Syntegrity Group Management Consulting (2 years)
  • Consultant, Johnston Smith International Management Consulting (2 years)
  • National Director of Public Relations and Founding Manager, Canadian Tire Child Protection Foundation, Canadian Tire Corporation (7 years)
  • Consultant, Hill and Knowlton International (2 years)

Awards and Recognition:

  • Business Excellence Award Recipient – Health and Wellness Category, Peterborough and the Kawathas Chamber of Commerce (2022)
  • Business Excellence Award Recipient – Micro Business Category, Peterborough and the Kawarthas Chamber of Commerce (2022)
  • Nominated, Women in Business and Judy Heffernan Awards, 2019
  • Funding Recipient, Tourism Partner Program 2017/18, Regional Tourism Organization 8 (Peterborough, Kawarthas and Northumberland County)
  • Business Excellence Award Recipient – Wellness Category, Peterborough Chamber of Commerce (2017)
  • Business Excellence Award Finalist – Micro Business Category, Peterborough Chamber of Commerce (2017)
  • Grant Recipient, BLAST (Business Launch, Assistance, Support and Training) Pilot Program, Peterborough Economic Development (2016)
  • IABC International Gold Quill Awards (2) (Canadian Tire Corporation)
  • Playback Strategy National Cause-related Marketing Award (Canadian Tire Corporation)
  • IABC Toronto Award of Excellence (Canadian Tire Corporation)
  • The Institute for the Prevention of Child Abuse Distinguished Service Award (Canadian Tire Corporation)
  • National Fire Protection Association’s Partners in Public Education Award (Canadian Tire Corporation)
  • The Hamilton-Wentworth Police Services Board Award of Merit (Canadian Tire Corporation)
  • Discount Store News Award of Merit (Canadian Tire Corporation)
  • Ontario Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Award (Canadian Tire Corporation)
  • International Society of Fire Protection Engineers Person of the Year (Canadian Tire Corporation)
  • Ontario Safety League Community Relations Award (Canadian Tire Corporation)
  • Presidential Achievement Award (Hill and Knowlton International)


  • Quality Committee, Hospice Peterborough, 2015/16 – 2018
  • Board of Directors, Kawartha Haliburton Children’s Aid Society, 2014 – 2017, Chair, Quality Committee, 2015/16 
  • Communications Committee, Hospice Peterborough Capital Campaign, 2014; 
  • Member, Board of Directors, Workforce Development Board, 2009 – 2012  
  • Member, Special Events Committee, Lead Organizer Parade of 1,000 Paddlers, 2010 International Dragon Boat Festival, Peterborough, ON  
  • Facilitator, City of Peterborough Youth Council Leadership Conference 2008 
  • Mentor, IABC Toronto Accreditation Process 
  • Master of Ceremonies, Splash Bash, 2007/2008/2010 KTSC  
  • Vice-President, Kawartha-Trent Synchronized Swimming Club (KTSC) Board of Directors (2006/07; 2007/08) 
  • Master of Ceremonies and Actor, Eve Ensler’s V-Day Monologues Fundraiser, Showplace Theatre, Peterborough, 2006 
  • Member, Board of Directors, Showplace, Peterborough, ON (2006) 
  • Chair, Otonabee South Monaghan Emergency Management Program Committee 03-04 Volunteer, Leadership Development Day, Teens of Otonabee 03 
  • Keene Beautification Project Team Member, 02 
  • Judge, IABC Toronto Ovation Awards, 1998 

Education and Training:

  • Certificate of Completion, Connection-Focused Therapy® (Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy developed by Dr. Rebecca Bailey and Eponaquest Founder Linda Kohanov)
  • Master of Arts, Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University (2021)
  • Certificate of Completion, Somatic Experiencing® Professional Training, Beginning I – III Modules (2018), Intermediate II – Modules I -III (2020), Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute
  • Certificate of Completion, EQUSOMA™ – Introduction to Somatic Experiencing® for Equine-Assisted Practitioners (2017)
  • Certificate of Completion, Fundamentals of Lifemanship: Introduction to Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (2017)
  • Certificate of Completion, First Degree, Usui System of Reiki Healing (2017)
  • Certificate of Completion, Trauma Counselling for Front-line Workers, University of Toronto (2016)
  • Certificate of Completion, Reddin-Global Effectiveness Coaching (2015)
  • Certificate of Completion, FEEL™ (Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning), Horse Spirit Connections (2013)
  • ICA Canada Technologies of Participation Certificate: Facilitated Planning (Participatory Strategic Planning), Group Facilitation, and Effective Meeting Design and Facilitation 
  • Certificate, Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Trent University
  • Certificate, Managing Strategic Change, Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Business Administration, Trent University
  • Diploma, Public Relations, Durham College 


  • Jennifer Garland, The Mane Intent (2018), “Experiential Learning with Horses: An Innovative Approach to Fostering Resiliency-based Competencies in At-Risk Youth”, The 16th International Congress of Equine-Facilitated Progammes, Dublin, Ireland
  • Jennifer Garland, The Mane Intent and Nicole Oates, Trent University (2018), “Building Internal Resilience Through Horses”, CAST Canada Grounding Trauma Conference, Midland, Ontario

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Registered Psychotherapist, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
  • Member, Peterborough and the Kawarthas Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, 100 Women Peterborough Helping Local Community Causes
  • Partner, Peterborough and the Kawarthas Tourism

Other Interests:

  • Cooking for family and friends
  • Photography and Mixed Media Art
  • Gardening and Nature