“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

Psychotherapy and Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy Offerings

Our psychotherapy and equine-assisted psychotherapy offerings are intended to help clients navigate life’s rough patches. Those tough experiences can leave us feeling stuck, ruled by fear, exhausted and without hope. Sometimes we need more support to feel better.

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.

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Social Service Agencies:

We want to partner with you. Learn more about our customized Equine-Assisted Group Therapy offerings here.

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

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About Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)

EAP 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.

Jennifer Garland is certified in FEEL™ (Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning). Our EAP 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.

Jennifer is a registered member in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a member of Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals.

Equine-Assisted Group Psychotherapy

Trauma lives in our hearts and ripples out to every corner of our lives. Trust, safety, self-confidence and well-being crumbles. Isolation, loneliness, sadness and depression enter in.

Our trauma-informed programs and group experiences are specifically designed for both healing hearts and hearts that heal. In the presence of our horses, supported by our clinical team, your clients will find a safe and welcoming place to explore the varying dimensions of their personal healing journey.

We welcome the opportunity to partner with your organization to be your choice for equine-assisted group psychotherapy programming. Ask us about how we can support co-creation of request for funding proposals and grant writing opportunities.

Programming content is presented to promote overall resilience and can include:

  • Psychoeducation related to the emotional and physical impact of trauma.
  • Engaging in relationship with horses to develop non-judgemental bonds that invite enhanced social and emotional intelligence and increase personal awareness of healthy boundaries
  • Greater awareness of body language for more effective interpersonal relationships.
  • Use of grounding and enhanced body awareness to increase individual awareness of impulsive behaviour and develop greater coping skills.
  • A therapeutic approach informed by positive psychology, cognitive-behaviour therapy, Somatic Experiencing™, Mindfulness-based Self-Compassion and other DBT-based skills.

The Mane Intent has designed and delivered one-day and six-week customized programming for a variety of social service agencies and organizations, including:

  • Bellwood Health Services PTSD/Addiction Treatment Programming
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge
  • Durham Rape Crisis Centre
  • Elizabeth Fry Society
  • First Peoples House of Learning at Trent University
  • Halifax Lancers
  • Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre
  • New Canadians Centre Peterborough and Cobourg
  • Niijkwendidaa Anishnaabekewegwag Service Circle
  • Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre
  • PARN Rainbow Youth
  • The Gateway Recovery Centre (PTSD/Addiction Treatment for First Responders/Veterans and Active Service Personnel)
About Jennifer Garland, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Your story is unique. 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.

Jennifer invites you to find new meaning in life experience, while drawing upon a variety of therapeutic resources. She is passionate about sharing her genuine appreciation for the therapeutic benefits of working with horses (and other farm animals). We can learn so much about our own nervous system and how we experience the world simply by being in their presence (no previous horse experience necessary). These benefits are heightened by the natural beauty of the farm and the surrounding land, inviting us to exhale and simply appreciate the moment.

Her approach is evidence- and strengths-based and informed by the neurobiology of trauma and chronic stress. She draws upon the principles of positive psychology, attachment theory, solution-focused therapy and a variety of body-centred (somatic) 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 has completed 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 (2021).

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.

Note: 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

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

Consultations

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

 

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Psychotherapy (All Types)
Plus Multidimensional Inventory for Personal Intelligence Assessment

This offering could be helpful insight early in your counselling or coaching relationship with The Mane Intent. It recognizes that behaviour can be changed over time with greater self-awareness, intervention and simple practice. The Multidimensional Inventory for Personal Assessment™ supports greater self-awareness.

  • The Multidimensional Inventory for Personal Assessment™ (MIPI) is an on-line, evidence-based assessment that measures:
  • Emotional competencies (emotional understand, introspectiveness, attentiveness and emotional communication);
  • Social competencies (social integration, performance readiness, social agency); and
    Motivational competencies (motivation, self-efficacy, motivational influence, and perseverance).

After completing the assessment you receive a personal and customized report that outlines your ability to:

  • Recognize and label emotions as you feel them and recognize those feelings in others
  • Think about, prioritize and appreciate both your feelings and the feelings of others
  • Maintain focus on other people and on details in your environment even amid distraction
  • Meaningfully describe your feelings to others and to converse about other’s feelings
  • Create meaningful and effective relationships with others across a variety of contexts
  • Subject yourself to others’ evaluation in order to achieve a specific outcome
  • Make effective decisions and maintain a sense of personal control during social situations
  • Create long-term goals and encourage yourself to pursue them
  • Expand energy and resources to pursue goals even through difficult times

Rate: $230 plus HST per 60 minute session including an individual MIPI assessment report —  fees are subject to change.

 

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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: $130 plus HST per 60 minute session – fees are subject to change

 

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Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP – Individual 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: $130 plus HST per 60 minute session — fees are subject to change

 

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Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP-Couples Therapy – 2:1)

This therapy service can be provided to couples, 2 parents, a parent and child, 2 siblings, etc). This equine-assisted therapy session involves two clients and one therapist. 

A minimum of 5 sessions commitment is recommended.

Rate: $200 plus HST per 80 minute session — fees are subject to change.

 

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Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP-Family Therapy – 4:1)

These are challenging times for families. By working together and participating in shared experiences with our herd – families have an opportunity to discuss actions, feelings, thoughts and patterns. EAP can help with building family resilience, verbal and non-verbal communication, stress management and coping skills, expressing feelings, building confidence, self-esteem, teamwork and relationship-building. NO HORSE EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.

A minimum of 5 sessions commitment is recommended. This therapy service can be provided to up to four family members. Additional participants: $40 per person)

Rate: $325 plus HST per 80 minute session — fees are subject to change.

 

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Walk-and-Talk Psychotherapy Sessions

Walking is good for body and soul, while inviting self-discovery. Our farm offers 20 acres of mixed mature forest and acres of rolling pastures. A stone labyrinth covered in thyme is a powerful metaphor for the journey of life.

Engage in therapy and explore creative, deeper ways of thinking one step at a time. Take in the healing power of nature on this beautiful century farm.

Rate: $130 plus HST per 60 minute session — fees are subject to change.

 

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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: $130 plus HST per 60 minute session — fees are subject to change

 

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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: $130 plus HST per 60 minute session — fees are subject to change

 

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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. Jennifer Garland is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)  (Registration #9914) with the CRPO. Insurance and benefits companies may also go by the license numbers of my supervisor for reimbursement. My supervisors are Registered Psychotherapists with the CRPO. 

Please contact your insurance provider to confirm that you are covered by a Registered Psychotherapist. The Mane Intent Inc. does not offer direct billing and cannot guarantee that services will be covered under your insurance plan.  A digital receipt will be provided to you after payment is received which you can then submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement, if applicable. The Mane Intent accepts e-transfers (no fee) as well as VISA, Mastercard, AMEX and Health Spending Accounts through Stripe ($5 fee per transaction). 

Services provided by a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) are tax deductible as a medical expense.