My name is Cierra, and I provide counselling services for both the Leduc and Equine offices at Family Counselling Centres. I primarily work with children, teens, and families, specializing in play therapy and equine-assisted counselling, but can also treat teens and adults. I work from a client-centered approach, and believe a non-judgmental relationship between the client and therapist is crucial for change. I work collaboratively with my clients to help them gain awareness and insight, so they can build and draw upon their own internal resources. To this effect, I use a wide range of modalities, including person-centered, play therapy, sandtray, trauma therapy (EMDR), equine-assisted therapy, art, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
In addition to my Masters of Counselling, I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alberta in 2009. I have experience working within the school system, working primarily with children with developmental disorders and their families. I have also volunteered extensively at organizations working with high-risk youth, and victims of crime. Furthermore, I am an avid horse-person; I have owned horses (and various other animals) for my entire life, and have been a semi-professional show-jumper for over 10 years. In addition to this, I have completed multiple trainings in equine-facilitated wellness, as well as eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).