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Sandy Fletcher-Ritter

LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board of Directors
sandy@healthruhorses.com

<span style="color: #222222">Sandy Fletcher-Ritter, LCSW studied as a recreation therapist at the University of Southern Maine and then practiced at Governor Baxter School for the Deaf for 13 years, becoming fluent in American Sign Language. After working for years with the social worker at the school, she recognized her calling and she then returned to school at  The University of New England to earn her Masters in Social Work. She has practiced as a licensed Clinical Social Worker for 14 years.  Her experiences includes working in a day treatment program for 9 years, work as a school based social worker, as well as working in a community health setting.  She see herself as a generalist. She works also with children on the Autistic spectrum, depression , anxiety, family issues and issues related to the transition of growing up. She has a private practice in Portland and also spends two days a week at The Healing Through Horses Ranch providing equine Psychotherapy. She is also a horse owner and has 3 horses of her own and takes care of the Healing Through Horses herd,  One could say that one of her passion happens to be horses.  Her specialty is working as an equine psychotherapist where she has a dual role as a mental health practitioner and an equine specialist in mental health and learning. </span>

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Sandy Fletcher-Ritter

Sandy Fletcher-Ritter

LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board of Directors

Michael Fralich

Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Board of Directors
michael@healthruhorses.com

Micahel has been an educator for 21 years and has taught therapeutic riding for eleven years. He owns three horses and has been a rider for 45 years.

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Michael Fralich

Michael Fralich

Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Board of Directors

Kathleen Long PhD

TBD

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Kathleen Long PhD

Kathleen Long PhD

Rebecca Higgins Thomas

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL)
rebecca@healthruhorses.com

Rebecca Higgins Thomas fell in love horses after two of her best friends enticed her to vacation with them in Colorado at a dude ranch. A small, sweet horse by the name of Tabasco won her heart and, when she returned to Maine, she promptly started taking riding lessons twice a week. Those lessons turned quickly to several days a week at various barns. She is now the owner of a beautiful quarter horse whom she adores and loves. She grew up in Ellsworth, Maine and moved to Southern Maine with her husband shortly after graduating from the University of Maine at Orono. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition and spent the last ten years working for a gastroenterologist and intends to deepen her acumen for healing by attending graduate school for social work. Rebecca has a natural, empathetic disposition which enhances her love of animals and the natural world.

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Rebecca Higgins Thomas

Rebecca Higgins Thomas

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL)

Becky King

Board of Directors
becky@healthruhorses.com
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Becky King

Becky King

Board of Directors

Åsa Gustavsson

LMFT - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
asa@healthruhorses.com

<a href="http://www.healingthroughhorsesmaine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/no-bio-photo-200x159.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-109" src="http://www.healingthroughhorsesmaine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/no-bio-photo-200x159.jpg" alt="" /></a>Åsa is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Conscious Language Coach and holds certificates in Conscious Nutrition, Dyad Communication and Sivananda Yoga. She has dedicated the past 13 years to working with adolescents and adults who suffer from trauma and/or addiction issues. She is currently in school to become a certified Gestalt Equine Facilitated Therapist.
Åsa is passionate about using her training and personal experience to help others move beyond fear and limitations to a life of freedom and trust. She is inspired by people’s capacity to over come challenges and is committed to her own deep personal work. She continues to study with spiritual teachers, life coaches and also finds wisdom in Native American practices. She believes that we all have unique gifts and talents. “Follow your bliss and do what you love”, is her motto, which often becomes a goal for her clients.
Åsa owns Billy, a Tennessee Walker. She spends most of her time at the barn, learning about herself through horses. She believes that horses are teachers of self-awareness; they are keenly alert, intuitive, emotional, and authentic animals. When she works with a horse, she sees her/him as her co-therapist, and will often allow them to guide the session.

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Åsa Gustavsson

Åsa Gustavsson

LMFT - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Margo Lambertson

Volunteer
margo@healthruhorses.com

Hello my name is Margo Lambertson and some people like to call me Mrs. L. I live in Cumberland and volunteer at Healing with Horses on Thursdays. I love kids of all ages and love horses.
I worked with Mrs. Ritter at a school for several years and when she first came to have horses she would invite me to ride. I loved it and was amazed how my horse was good at taking care of me. It was like we were a team.
I have 4 adult children who are all married. Two of them have children and have given me 4 beautiful granddaughters, who love to come up and play with the horses too.
Besides riding, I like to bike with my husband, go for walks, and take rides in his Mazada convertible car with the top down.
Our family is blessed to be very close and we enjoy getting together cooking, eating, and playing.
My church family is very important to me, too. We look forward to gathering together and sharing each other lives.

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Margo Lambertson

Margo Lambertson

Volunteer

Susannah Harnden

LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
susannah@healthruhorses.com

Susannah Harnden is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has a BFA in Women's Studies from USM and a Masters degree in Social Work from UNE. She has worked at Family Crisis Services and The Young Parent Program. She currently has a private practice as a psychotherapist in Portland and works at Healing Through Horses as an equine assisted psychotherapist. Susannah was a horse owner throughout her youth and rides for pleasure.

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Susannah Harnden

Susannah Harnden

LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker