Owner/Licensed Counselor

I am 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 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 environment that allows self-growth to happen naturally with the visitors I serve.


Owner and Executive Director

My name is Derek Higgins and I am the 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.


Equine Specialist

I am Demery Schriver and I am the lead Equine Specialist at Horse & Soul Counseling. I have upwards of 20 years experience riding, training and working as a professional groom. I am a certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist and the owner of Lizaine Equine Massage Therapy (www.lizainemassage.com).

I feel very fortunate to offer relief to the animals who give us so much, both in counseling sessions and sport. My personal background is based in mindfulness and meditation which helps me remain present in my work with the visitors here at the farm. I am fortunate to have been trained as an Equine Specialist through EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association), which has enhanced my skills to facilitate equine assisted therapy sessions with an open mind and heart. At Horse & Soul, I offer a healing hand to both the horses and visitors- always encouraging light, love, and possibility.


Resident in Counseling

My name is Amy Frederick, and I am a Resident in Counseling working towards licensure here at Horse and Soul Counseling. I have extensive experience in providing mental health care to at risk youth in the school and community setting. The majority of my most recent counseling experience is working with the teen population. My background is in forensic/criminal psychology but have found a passion working with youth and their families.