Last updated: July 11. 2014 3:17PM - 3143 Views
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Licensed Professional Clinical and National Board Certified Counselor Rhonda Robinson is pictured with Dusty, her horse which will be used in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy with Dayspring Counseling Services LLC.
Licensed Professional Clinical and National Board Certified Counselor Rhonda Robinson is pictured with Dusty, her horse which will be used in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy with Dayspring Counseling Services LLC.
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Rhonda Robinson, of Smith, started out on a journey 10 years ago working toward becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical and National Board Certified Counselor with a vision of opening her own private practice to use the gifts and talents she said she feels “God has blessed her with.”

“This dream has come to pass with the official opening of Dayspring Counseling Services LLC,” said Robinson. “I draw upon a number of therapeutic methods to develop a treatment program that will be carefully tailored to my client’s needs and goals.”

To offer these different treatment methods Robinson also added on the following certifications: Batter Intervention Provider (working with domestic violence offenders, victims, and families), EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) using horses in psychotherapy and as Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment Provider through the Department of Juvenile Justice.

“I welcome all ages, however, my target population is adolescents and their families,” said Robinson. “I offer individual, family, and group therapy; addressing behavioral, emotional, school issues, family conflict, depression, anxiety, anger management, grief counseling, career counseling, substance abuse, sexual abuse and any other need for support during stressors.”

Dayspring Counseling Services also conducts traditional counseling settings, offering home-based services, but also offers Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Outdoor/Adventure Based Counseling.

“The use of equine therapy provides a vast opportunity for metaphorical learning, proven an effective technique when working with even the most challenging individuals or groups,” said Robinson. “Horses require us to work, whether in caring for them or working with them in an era where immediate gratification and the ‘easy way’ are the norm. Horses require people to be engaged in physical and mental work to be successful, valuable lessons in all aspects of life.

“Equine therapy is centered on metaphors that mirror real life on many levels and is used to raise awareness of issues the individual carries. As these issues arise with the equine setting they have an in-vivo (gradual exposure to anxiety to triggers) opportunity to work through the issues they are carrying. Using horses in therapy increases confidence and self-esteem, helps build teamwork, communication and problem solving. The EAGALA model is all groundwork. These sessions are not about teaching horsemanship, the horse is not controlled under the saddle or bridle, which allows a natural communication between the client and horse.”

Robinson said Outdoor/Adventure Based Counseling emphasizes on personal growth in areas of self-knowledge and confidence.

“Therapeutic benefits include establishing a deeper connection with the natural world and the balance it offers,” said Robinson. “Various outdoor sessions will be available, including hiking and kayaking, etc. My desire is to break away from the ‘cookie cutter’ counseling sessions and offer opportunities for deeper authentic connections and self discovery.”

Her practice will offer home-based services and the location sites for equine assisted and outdoor based counseling will be given upon scheduled sessions.

Growing up, Robinson said the mountains were her playground. She said as a woman they are her refuge.

“I enjoy hiking, kayaking, nature photography, flower gardening and horses,” said Robinson. “The outdoors play a huge part in my life and have helped me through many of my own painful and dark seasons. My faith and love for the outdoors are the foundation for my practice and helping others to heal. I strongly believe we are only as healthy mentally as we are physically and spiritually. One of my favorite quotes, by Jon Muir, sums up how I feel: ‘Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer the body and soul, (1905).’

“I will also work with community groups and leaders in providing seminars on the following topics: Parenting, facing challenges of parenting today, neutralizing power struggles and building stronger relations with your child; the Neurobiology of Addiction and Recovery, helping those who are struggling with addiction and for the families who are suffering, helping them to understand the neurobiology of addiction and recovery; the Age of Technology and the Dangers of Pornography, the addictive cycle, harm to relationships and the legal consequences that youth may not be aware.”

Robinson said Dayspring Counseling Services is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Most insurances are accepted.

For more information and screening appointments you may call 606-573-3222.

Nola Sizemore may be reached at 606-573-4510 or on Twitter @Nola_hde

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