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.
2019 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.
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’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. She is currently working on her 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.
Jodee maintains a life-long passion for horses and helping people. She treasures the profound effect that horses have made in her life and sees the value in sharing that with others. In her role with Walk With Me, Jodee joined the Walk With Me board after a 35-year career in the pharmaceutical industry. She received a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Indiana University. Jodee oversees business development efforts and coordinates foundation, corporate, and individual donor campaigns.
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
Jen is a third-year clinical graduate student at Montreat College where she is pursuing her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Beginning at age 8, she took English Riding Lessons and developed a love of horses that has always stayed with her. Her interests lie in trauma-informed and unconventional modalities to assist those who may be unresponsive to traditional treatments.
Currently, she is an intern at the farm and has a strong focus on Trauma-Informed Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, Equine Connected EMDR, and Equine Assisted Activities and Learning. She has a special interest in integrating faith into counseling when clients desire it. She is adept at working with clients through trauma-focused modalities to help clients safely explore painful feelings.