“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” — Elizabeth Appell

Equine Therapy and Psychotherapy Offerings

Our psychotherapy and equine therapy offerings are intended to help clients navigate life’s rough patches.   Those tough experiences that leave us feeling stuck, ruled by fear, exhausted and without hope. Sometimes we need more support to discover the next best expression of ourselves.

Therapy can help us build confidence and resilience, work through difficult experiences and emotions, manage stress and even achieve post-trauma growth.

Get in touch to schedule your first session or book a free 15 minute consultation.

We offer virtual and on-site counselling, psychotherapy and equine therapy services for youth (7 years plus), adults and families across Ontario.

Psychotherapy: Our Approach

Psychotherapy is:

“Treating, by means of psychotherapy technique, delivered through a therapeutic relationship, an individual’s serious disorder of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception or memory that may seriously impair the individual’s judgement, insight, behaviour, communication or social functioning.” – College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario

About Jennifer Garland, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Jennifer takes an existential integrative approach to therapy. Each client is considered as a ‘whole’ using a biopsychosocial perspective and counselling techniques and case conceptualizations are tailored to individual needs and personal circumstances.

Her approach is evidence- and strengths-based and trauma-informed. She draws upon the principles of positive psychology, solution-focused therapy and a variety of body-centred and cognitive therapeutic interventions.

Jennifer is trained in a wide range of evidence-based trauma therapies including:  trauma counselling, Somatic Experiencing™, Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment, and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills.  She is currently completing a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology, participating in an 8 month practicum at the Pediatric Outpatient Unit and Family and Youth Clinic at Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

Jennifer also works with mandalas, creative arts and other materials intended to help you uncover feelings and needs so you can take inspired action steps to meet your needs in a positive and empowered way.

To her therapy and equine services, Jennifer brings over 30 years of leadership experience in communications, community investment, marketing and change management supporting a variety of clients in corporate and non-profit sectors.

She has provided counsel and support to senior leaders from all walks of life to create opportunities to build productive relationships, facilitate learning and to embrace change. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Trent University and a Diploma in Public Relations from Durham College, complemented with a Certificate in Strategic Change Management from the University of Toronto and Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Medication from Trent University.  To learn more about Jennifer’s corporate experience, lectures, awards and publications, go here.

Equine Therapy:

Equine therapy can help build resilience, a greater sense of mastery, self-confidence and social skills. Working on the ground in partnership with horses also promotes greater emotional self-regulation, mind-body connections, and impulse control while promoting trust and connection.

In 2013, Jennifer Garland received her certification in FEEL™ (Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning). Our Equine Psychotherapy programming is also informed by EQUSOMA™ – Somatic Experiencing® Skills for Equine-Facilitated Practitioners and Fundamentals of Natural Lifemanship training in Trauma-Focused Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy. As the Program Director and Owner of The Mane Intent, Jennifer and her herd have worked with hundreds of individuals, teams and groups seeking greater peace, enhanced wellness, leadership and personal discovery.

Jennifer previously served as the overall project manager, equine-assisted learning supervisor and facilitator for Building Internal Resilience Through Horses, a strength-based, trauma-informed community program for young women 13-18 years who have experienced interpersonal trauma. This four year research project represented a partnership between Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, Trent University and The Mane Intent funded by a Public Health Agency of Canada Supporting the Health of Survivors of Family Violence investment.


  • College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
  • Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals

Areas of Focus:

There are many reasons young people and adults may need clinical support:

  • Chronic Stress and Burnout
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Life Transitions
  • Sleep Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Body Image
  • Addiction
  • Obsessive –Compulsive Behaviour
  • Fear and Phobias
  • Relationship Struggles

Our Offerings


Free 15 minute telephone meetings are offered to discuss any questions around our approach and logistics.


In-Person Psychotherapy Sessions

In person sessions are offered on-site at our farm in our beautiful workshop space in a peaceful natural setting. Pandemic safety protocols are in place and all clients are required to wear a face mask while on property. These sessions do NOT include equine therapy.

Rate: $135 plus HST per 50 minute session


Equine Therapy 

In person sessions are offered on-site at our farm working with our wonderful herd of horses. Pandemic safety protocols are in place. All clients are required to wear a face mask when on property and interacting with horses.  Waiver and release forms must be signed prior to working with our equine partners.

Rate: $150 plus HST per 60 – 90 minute session

Video Psychotherapy Sessions

Using secure video conferencing software, we will be able to see and hear each other. To engage in a video sessions, you will need a laptop with a Web Cam, high speed internet and a private, quiet environment where you are unlikely to be overheard or interrupted.

Rate: $135 plus HST per 50 minute session


Phone Psychotherapy Sessions

We will connect via telephone. You might prefer this format if you do not have a computer, or would rather meet without a video. To engage in a telephone session, you will need a telephone and a private environment where you are unlikely to be overheard or interrupted.

Rate: $135 plus HST per 50 minute session


Insurance Coverage and Payment Terms

Fee for service payment is accepted by e-transfer or credit card. You will receive a receipt for each session.

Many extended health care plans cover services provided by a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) who is receiving Supervision. Insurance and benefits companies may also go by the license numbers of my supervisor for reimbursement. My supervisor is a Registered Psychotherapist.

Please contact your insurance provider to confirm coverage. The Mane Intent Inc. does not offer direct billing and cannot guarantee that services will be covered under your insurance plan. Receipts will be provided to you to submit for reimbursement, if applicable.  Services provided by a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) are tax deductible as a medical expense.

What is Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning (FEEL™) or Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) versus Equine Therapy?

FEEL™ is a leading edge modality for developing human potential. In experiential interactions with horses, people gain self-knowledge and acquire skills leading to positive changes.  FEEL™ is a body of knowledge and a way of co-creating with horses attracting practitioners from all walks of life.

FEEL™ supports:

  • Experiential learning
  • Horses as co-facilitators
  • Nature-based healing
  • Heart coherence
  • Intimate connections with horses
  • Self-discovery
  • Reflective discovery
  • Intuition, awareness, relationship development (connection), communication, leadership skills
  • Emotional intelligence and sensitivity
  • An integrated holistic approach

Participant Benefits:

  • Greater awareness of verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Development of personal leadership skills
  • Improved attention, mindfulness and focusing abilities
  • Greater awareness of incongruence of intention versus behaviour
  • Greater awareness of personal boundaries and boundaries of others
  • Greater confidence
  • Learning to use emotion as information, coping with stress, grief and life transitions

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) Supports:

  • Experiential therapy
  • Therapeutic approach
  • Facilitated by licensed therapists, social workers, etc.
  • Facilitate human development and growth
  • Addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs
  • May Include:
    • Treatment plans and therapeutic goals
    • Emotional awareness and growth
    • Opportunities for metaphorical learning, mindfulness, narrative, changes in thoughts and behaviours
    • Relational focus
    • Community based support services
    • Power of choice
    • Vocational or career counselling
    • Means of treatment for psychological or pathological disorders
    • Insight for communication or problem-solving
    • Behaviour modification or personal growth
    • Reflective processing
    • Holistic approach
    • Integrating Somatic Experience, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, sensorimotor, psychoanalytical, psychotherapeutic person-centred and experiential gestalt approaches
    • Addictions and recovery treatment
    • Health and wellness, and life skills focused

Source: Horse Spirit Connections

What is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)?

RP (Qualifying) is a Registered Therapist in the first or Qualifying category of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Qualifying members are required to receive a minimum of 100 supervision hours with a senior Registered Psychotherapist. While keeping your personal identity information private, I may review your case with my supervisors to ensure that I am providing appropriate care. Supervision is a best practice, increasing therapist skills and is required by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. As of January 1, 2020, only certain regulated professionals are authorized to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy. Learn more at www.crpo.ca