Who We Are?

our Mission

Walk With Me is a non-profit equine therapy organization focused on the psychological healing of those suffering the effects of trauma, addiction, loss, and poverty. 

Be Empowered

2020 is the year for growth and awareness.  Walk With Me has already begun a campaign to offer hope, educate, and inspire within our community. Often times in our society, we hide the darkness of mental health issues, addiction, effects of poverty, and the impact of trauma.  With our new programs Walk With Me can make lasting changes in peoples lives and make recovery possible.

Core Values

Excellence – providing quality in all activities

Integrity and accountability – ensuring that all business is based on ethical principles and conducted with transparency

Professionalism – enhancing the value and quality of service with a standard of accountability.

Service – providing effective and responsive service to meet the need of our clients

Education – sharing the knowledge and skills with clients to facilitate their success

Compassion and caring – providing a culture of safety and understanding in treatment of people and equines

Hope Takes A Team

Jennifer Bandy
FOunder

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning

Trauma Recovery Peer Support Specialist

NLC-EP

 

Jennifer Bandy’s love of horses has spanned her whole life .  She focused her learning and skill set in natural horsemanship.    She then rose to a training role, teaching horsemanship to many riders, families and horse owners.  It was during this teaching experience that she realized the healing power people experienced when interacting with horses.  Jennifer then decided to take her knowledge and skills and use them for a healing purpose to help those who are suffering from trauma.  Using Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy to help the client through the healing process, Jennifer established Walk With Me.  This equine therapy program is designed to help those in need regain hope, confidence, self-esteem and teach responsibility through horsemanship.  

Jennifer has her Equine Specialist (ES) certification with Path International and is certification with Natural Lifemanship.  Still Waters Farm is a registered center member of Path International.  We believe Path International has set the standard in the industry and Walk With Me at Still Waters Farm wants to meet or exceed that standard.

Horse Partners

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Josh Burrell
NC Peer support specialist

Caleb Waters, OBH Director – Hi, I’m Caleb, one of the co-founders of OBH. When I got out of my 11-year Marine Corps career I struggled with finding a life purpose. After completing combat deployments and a humanitarian mission nothing seemed to stack up to life in the Corps. Then one day it hit me, one of my greatest accomplishments as a leader was taking care of troops, so that’s what I would do now. I had experienced the positive impact and quality of life improvements that working therapeutically with horses had. So I teamed up with Jennifer and OBH was born. We’re here to support you because you served us.

colleen hastings
executive director

Colleen Hastings is a 58 year old widow with one son.  She was raised on a home farm that had all kinds of animals including horses.   As a way to improve her riding she worked on a dairy farm to pay for riding lessons.  She competed for 2 years in English Dressage and English Equitation.  Colleen works on mission team with her church and host Red Cross Blood drives every 3 months.  Her friendship with Jennifer Bandy, owner of Still Waters Farm, her great love for helping others makes her a perfect match for being Executive Director position of Walk With Me.  Her horse skills make her a great addition, and she is working toward her Equine Specialist certification, helping with clients who come to the farm for therapy. 

Crystal Burrell, LPCA

My favorite quote has always been “Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light.” -Groucho Marx. I identify so strongly with this statement because I am one of the “the cracked.” For years I saw this as a weakness, and a vulnerability that I would not be able to overcome, however I now know that adversity does not build character; but reveals it. It was through my struggle that I found out who I was, what I was capable of, and who I was meant to be. My main goal in working with those who suffer with mental health or substance use issues is to help them identify their purpose and their identity through their struggle. My definition of mental health is the ability to grow, adapt, and prosper in site of adversity.

I have spent all of my clinical training working with under-served and neglected populations, whether that be victims of domestic violence or sexual assault, veterans, the homeless, or those being released form incarceration or hospitalization. My passion is working with those individuals that society has told have no worth. I envision helping them turn a negative situation into a positive for themselves, all while finding a way to pay it forward so that a community of helping and healing can be built by those who feel the most ignored and victimized. I am provisionally licensed as a mental health counselor (LPC-A) and as a substance abuse counselor (LCAS-A) and am a nationally certified counselor (NCC). I have certifications in SMART Recovery, and Darkness to Light Suicide Prevention, as well as further training in TF-CBT, DBT, MI, and grief counseling. I have experience with both group and individual dual diagnosis counseling, and am open to any new opportunities to serve these populations. I look forward to helping those who feel “cracked” let their own light shine through.

Josh Burrell
NC Peer support specialist

Josh is a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist Veteran.  He has a strong focus on assisting youth that have had issues adapting to their trauma, addiction or anxiety. Offering hope and support in the darkest of places.

Where Hope is the First Step to Recovery

Walk With Me Anticipates Great Things In 2020