Kirsten Hargreaves I have 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. I am 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 my practice. My 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. I am 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.
I am 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. I believe in treating the whole person and look forward to meeting you where you are at, supporting you in what brings you or your loved one to counselling.
I am a crime and victim services designated counsellor. If you have been approved through this program or would like to seek approval, please access http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/victimservices/financial
My qualifications include: Montessori Teaching Diploma (Ages 2-6) (1999) Autism Early Intervention Certificate (2005) Bachelor of Arts - Psychology and Sociology (2007) Master of Arts - Counselling Psychology (2014) Ed.D in Educational Practice (in progress) I also have training in Play Therapy, Grief and Loss and Equine Facilitated Wellness.