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Meet our Owner and Mental Health Clinician

My name is Tara Higgins and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I believe it takes small and consistent steps to work towards improving your quality of life. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. I believe compassion and understanding is the key when providing you and/or your loved one support. I foster the belief that you have the ability to come up with your own solutions and my goal is to provide you a safe space where we can discuss your thoughts and feelings. I look forward to being apart of this sensitive process to help you gain confidence, learn new skills, and improve your quality of life. I strongly believe incorporating horses in the counseling process creates long lasting and meaningful changes. It has always been my dream to create an inviting and friendly environment that makes therapy more natural and welcoming for all ages. I am grateful to have the opportunity to conduct these sessions here at Higgins Hills Farm.

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Meet our Owner and Executive Director

My name is Derek Higgins and I am the Co-founder and Executive Director of Operations with Horse and Soul Counseling and Higgins Hills Farm. I have 12 years of experience that includes being a general manager of a company, doing account management, marketing, and being in charge of expanding services. I enjoy taking a leadership role with policy and procedures and figuring out how to streamline services to make more them more accessible for all of our visitors. I have also been trained with participating in equine therapy as an equine specialist under the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. I continue to grow with learning the behaviors of the horses and growing in my positions in and outside of the barn. I have multiple responsibilities around the farm and have enjoyed becoming an active community member with providing thoughtful experiences around the farm. More often though, I find myself being in charge of the daily management of Horse and Soul Counseling and all scheduled events at Higgins Hills Farm.

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Meet our

Equine Specialist

I am Sarah Hayes and I am one of the Equine Specialist here at Horse and Soul Counseling. I have spent over 30 years working providing large and small animal care and within the Equine business. I have worked in the equine care industry both in a therapeutic capacity and as a horse professional. My history is being a therapeutic riding instructor and doing therapeutic ground work with the people I am serving while using horses. I have seen the amazing gift horses have with helping people of all ages overcome the challenges they face. As a direct result, our visitors have the ability build up their strengths and gain a deeper sense of self-worth. My position as an equine specialist at Horse and Soul Counseling gives me the opportunity to help people grow and challenge themselves in this safe space that I take joy in providing. I am grateful that this community trusts my team and I to work towards their personalized goals. I also enjoy engaging with all the visitors who come for our events that are held at Higgins Hills Farm. I have a background in organizing and holding events, due to raising awareness and advocating for safe and healthy horse care in Virginia.