I had to find my way through the wobbly maze of loving animals and humans for who they were rather than my vision of what they should be. Along the way I found my voice and built fair and honest boundaries while keeping kindness intact. A mare of mine was particularly helpful in teaching me these lessons and it was through this process that I began to see where my life was headed. I had an uncertain vision that gained strength as I found my partners in Soulful Prairies and the horses.
The property presented itself at a time in my life when the demands of my twenty-five-year-long career as a mom were becoming less time-consuming. I marched passionately towards another of my life's callings. There is a creative love affair that this land and I have, and I am eternally grateful for the opportunity I have been given to blend my energies with the legacy this piece of the earth possesses. As I worked diligently to unveil the offerings of Soulful Prairies, she confidently pushed me towards the necessarily uncomfortable unknowns that brought me to a place of trusting my gifts.
If we take note, rise to the occasion, and see our vulnerabilities for what they are, we create a deep richness that will cascade into the corners of our lives. A richness that brings peace, not only peace within, but also one that ripples out and changes everything.
If you are interested in working with me in making these changes, learn more about my Equine Gestalt practice here or book a session.
Bachelor's Degree in Social Work
Master's Degree in Counseling
Double Certified Master Equine Gestalt Practitioner ~ Four Year Program
Natural Lifemanship Training
Therapeutic Gong and Sound Techniques Training
Over 30 years of riding experience
Natural Horsemanship Training and Clinics
Hooved Animal Humane Society Investigator
Jennings Teen Group Home Social Worker
Department of Children and Family Services
Caseworker ~ Licensing Representative ~ Investigator
Wheeling Police Department Social Worker Intern
Omni Youth Services in-home counselor
Served on the Board of Directors:
Hope Through Horses, 2017-Present
World Citizen, 2020-2022
The experiential nature of the method, developed by Melisa Pearce, involves the horse as an active partner with the practitioner in the client's exploratory process. The integrative approach to the equine's interaction combined somatic awareness guidance and Gestalt methodology, assists the client in examining their life and choices made with the focus on designing a positive future.
Natural Lifemanship teaches the science and art of connection. This model is based on the belief that an attuned, connected relationship with self and with others is the key to healthy development, mental health, and well-being. It is also the vehicle of change when it comes to healing the psychological and relational wounds of trauma.
Developed by Dr. Harville Hendrix and Dr. Helen LaKelly Hunt in 1980, Imago Relationship Therapy is a form of relationship and couple's therapy that focuses on relational counseling to transform any conflict between couples into opportunities for healing and growth. Through Imago Relationship Therapy, couples can learn to understand each other’s feelings and “childhood wounds” more empathically, allowing them to heal themselves and their relationships.
Linda has created a piece of heaven on earth as she has developed and grown Soulful Prairies. I discovered Soulful Prairies when scrolling online and came to the Feed Your Soul Group. My life has been blessed in so many ways since this first encounter. The thoughtful details of chairs hanging from trees, a fire pit, a cabin, a fairy forest and walking paths for contemplation, allows space and safety to regroup and find your way.
Linda is a beautiful practitioner. She is attentive and stays present moment to moment. Linda communicates a safety and also an ability to stay with her client in the midst of uncertainty, helping to bring understanding and awareness.
With fluidity and grace, Linda provides a safe and secure place that clients almost react with surprise that their "limiting beliefs" which had been preventing them from reaching their full potential, had been so graciously resolved.
The best cure for anxiety I have found so far…hug a donkey! Not just a quick hug like one for a great-aunt you see once a year, a deep hug like your saying hello to a dear friend you haven’t seen in years. Lay your head into them and listen to their breath. Spend a couple of minutes here just being. Make yourself one with your four-legged friend! This works with horses also, I just happened to choose Cooper as my therapy animal today.
Linda has the ability to be soft and compassionate. She has an awareness of when a client needs to be moved and when to be still and quiet. This all creates a incredible sense of safety.