Wellness Care Farm
Nourishing Hearts Wellness Care Farm is a social work-based private practice that offers children, youth & adult counselling that includes traditional in-office talk therapy along with animal & nature assisted counselling. A therapeutic relationship modality is utilized to support, treat and prevent mental health challenges and needs. The farm's unique services are frequently sought by people who are hesitant to attend counselling or have found traditional in-office counselling were not a good fit for them. Here on the farm, Julie provides a client-centred approach that encourages people to lead her to where they feel comfortable talking, this may be sitting in the snuggle stall within the barn while cuddling and grooming animals or with a support animal with them in the office counselling space. For others, they may feel more comfortable talking while doing arts & crafts, exploring the wetland, walking the meadow trail or sitting around a campfire.
The empowerment that comes from this humanistic approach cultivates trust and safety to embrace personal challenges while also identifying strengths, discovering individual uniqueness & ability to problem-solve, overcome challenges & succeed in life. The counselling techniques of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, positive psychology, self-love & compassion are creatively woven into sessions to assist with validation, re-framing personal experiences, challenging unhelpful thoughts, developing healthy coping strategies and cultivating a healthy sense of self and belonging.