Meet The Team

Kirsten Hargreaves – Registered Clinical Counsellor

Kirsten has worked in the human services field for 19 years including: therapeutic horseback riding, teaching Montessori kindergarten, early childhood education, working with children with extra needs, respite foster care, autism intervention, senior’s therapeutic recreation, day camps, summer camps, community development, mental health and counselling. She is a registered clinical counsellor in good standing with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.

A strong passion for animals, nature and children come together in her practice. Kirsten’s 4 year old golden retriever and co-therapist Kona often accompanies me to counselling sessions and counselling with horses is also a growing niche in the animal assisted field. Kirsten is also engaged in research in the areas of parental incarceration and the impact on children and families and the impact of offering equine assisted facilitation to Post Secondary students.

Kirsten is an Instructor at the University of the Fraser Valley, a volunteer with Mission Hospice Society with the children’s grief and loss camps and a Board member for Horse Tales Society in the Fraser Valley. She believes in treating the whole person and looks forward to meeting clients where they are at, supporting them in what brings them or their loved one to counselling. 

Kylie Bartel – Canadian Certified Counsellor

Kylie is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) who has been working with children and youth for over ten years.  She has her masters degree in counselling psychology from Trinity Western University and is passionate about integrating traditional and non-traditional therapeutic approaches to help clients who are struggling to reach their goals.  Kylie has witnessed how the hands-on approach of working outdoors with horses helps to uncover strengths and abilities in youth that might be missed in traditional, office settings.  She has found that equine facilitated psychotherapy can be particularly helpful for children and teenagers who struggle with anxiety, depression, attention, emotion regulation, trauma, grief, attachment disruption, social skills, and low self-esteem.

Kylie loves being around animals and enjoys exploring the local trails with her horse.  Kylie used to compete in horse jumping and three-day eventing but she has spent the past few years learning about western riding, liberty work, and natural horsemanship.  She also enjoys other outdoor activities such as hiking, snowboarding, and kayaking.  Kylie gets excited about connecting with nature and animals in order to help youth grow, heal, and thrive. 

 

Leann Hiebert – Behavioral Interventionist

Leann has been supporting individuals living with autism for over six years. She has four years experience working full time as a behavior interventionist. She currently works as an Educational Assistant for the Abbotsford School District. Leann enjoys creating new and fun activities to help students achieve their goals. She has worked extensively in modifying and adapting material to meet the individual needs of others. Bringing horses into the mix creates exciting opportunities for people to connect with themselves, as well as those around them.

Leann has a Certificate in Behavior Intervention and a Diploma in Classroom and Community Support from Douglas College. She is currently working toward her Bachelors Degree in Community Rehabilitation through the University of Calgary. Leann has volunteered with group programs at Empowered By Horses for over two years.

Leann is very passionate about animals and has a strong background in working with horses. Leann also has two dogs, Morgan and Jack, whom she spends a great deal of time with. Leann and her husband Christopher live in Abbotsford.