Meet the Team
The Shooting Star Healing Herd, Psychologist and Horse Care Manager.
What’s in a name?
Designing Shooting Star Psychology and teaming up with my own horses is something I have been dreaming about for a long while. When trying to come up with a name for the practice I kept coming back to Shooting Star Psychology. I grew up on a ranch in east central Alberta called Shooting Star Ranch. The ranch played an integral part in my upbringing and I wanted make sure to bring that positive energy into my current practice.
I grew up on a ranch in east central Alberta. Horses were a natural part of the way of life on the ranch. I participated in equine 4H as a youngster and had first hand experience of the value of being outside and spending time with horses. As an adult, I have been drawn to natural horsemanship and am continuing to engage in my own horsemanship learning with my horses. I have attended the Parelli Summit and the Parelli horse and soul tour. More recently, I attended transformational horsemanship workshops and Parelli workshops.
Education and Experience
I am a Registered Psychologist in the province of Alberta. I graduated with a Master of Education degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Lethbridge in 2007. Where I competed on the track and field team and I completed my Master thesis on Athletes Transitioning out of Sport.
Since then, I completed my Provisional hours at the Calgary Counselling Centre, working with a diverse population. In January 2011 I joined the Lethbridge Family Services team working in areas of trauma, anxiety, depression and domestic violence. In October 2013 I joined the Dreamcatcher team looking to expand my work into the area of Animal Assisted Therapy. In January 2015 I joined Family Counselling Centre program to continue my work into the area of Equine Therapy. In September 2016 I have created my own private practice to continue my Equine Therapy work with my own horses.
I attended the Equine Facilitated Wellness Explorations Training (30 hours) through Sue McIntosh of Healing Hooves towards being a Certified Mental Health Professional under the National Organization of Equine Facilitated Wellness. I also attended Equine Facilitated Wellness Reflections Training week one & two (70 hours) through Deborah Marshall of Generation Farms towards being a Certified Mental Health Professional under Equine Facilitated Wellness Canada.
My areas of interest include post traumatic stress disorder, sport psychology, anxiety, depression and trauma. I am an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) trained therapist.
The Healing Herd
Horse Care Manager
Izaac grew up on a ranch near Priddis, Alberta. Izaac played an integral part in bringing Shooting Star Psychology from a dream to a reality. Izaac is the behind the scenes horse person, he takes pride in watching over the physical, emotional and spiritual health of the herd itself.