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.
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.
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
Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
Trauma Recovery Peer Support Specialist
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.
Certified Peer Support Specialist
ES- Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Intern
Jessica is in long term recovery. She joined the barn staff in February 2019. She was offered on the job training to learn about proper care and feeding of horses and stable management. She began observing how her relationship with the horse had changed over a few months. That created a desire to want to deepen her experience, where she entered a program that eventually help her heal from her trauma and ignite a passion to want to help others. Currently she is working on her Equine specialist in mental health and learning and has successfully completed the NC certification for Peer Support Specialist.
NC certified Peer support specialist Community Outreach
Chris is a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist Veteran Endorsed on a local Assertive Community Treatment Team. He spent five years working in our local mental hospital and after seeing the severity of some of the consumers decided it was time he step into the world of mental health on a professional level. He has been the go to person for individuals to share their troubles or challenges. He is gifted with the natural ability to “twin” with his clients and easily connects with others on a personal level.
He started out having a deep youthful love for motorcycles, nature, and animals. After working as weekend feeder for 18 months on a 30 head horse farm and living on a small horse farm near Glen Alpine, Chris developed “the bug” for horses and the steel horse quickly translated to the real horse. Since that time he has seen the phenomenal power that horses have to heal and give hope to those that are suffering through trauma and severe mental illness. He has a strong focus on assisting individuals that have persistent severe mental illness, sexual issues and dysfunctions, and offering hope and help in the darkest of places.
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.
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.