Solas Counseling is committed to working toward healing the whole person in a holistic way through being in relationship with horses and the natural world. Horses speak to us in the language of the heart and spirit, and mirror our true selves in an honest and present manner. Horses teach us how to be in the here and now, and how to expand our awareness of our environments, our hopes, and our truths; they are always willing to offer genuine and honest feedback about the way we show up in the world.
We strive to provide affordable counseling services to individuals, couples, and families in the community who are interested in an ecotherapeutic, nature-based approach to therapy. The majority of sessions are held in a peaceful outdoor environment in the presence of a wide variety of animal partners, including horses, dogs, chickens, goats, cats, and one happy little potbellied pig. We believe that therapy should be available to anyone who is seeking healing and improvement in their lives.
Providing a unique therapeutic experience for those that are looking for an alternative approach to psychotherapy.
Flexible scheduling: Offering morning, evening, and weekend appointments.
We operate on a sliding fee scale, dependent on level of income. We are willing to work with you, regardless of your ability to pay.
Treatment tailored to your specific needs, performed in a collaborative, open manner.
"When I am bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk. He trots the air, the earth sings when he touches it."
"Solas" is an Irish-Gaelic word for "light," "sun," or "radiance." Solas Counseling was founded with the belief that within us all lies a brightness that can transcend even the darkest hours, and it is this light that illuminates for us the path toward healing.
We believe that healing comes from addressing the whole person - spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Healthy individuals are integrated in their hearts, bodies, and minds; however, many of us become "detached" from the various parts of ourselves, which causes us to fragment and to "lose our way." Out of this can manifest depression, anxiety, trauma, and other mental and physical difficulties. By working with the whole person and helping them to discover their "light," re-unification can occur, thus promoting a sense of completeness, integration, and inspiration.
As an ancient Maori proverb suggests, "Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you."