MARY KAMINSKI

Horses have been with me since birth, and have been my constant teachers, friends, and beacons. My first word was "ho" as I watched the paddock across the lane from my crib (so it has been told to me countless times). The barn was my sanctuary as an adolescent. Later, as a mother of three in graduate school studying counseling, horses reminded me how to find my voice, to navigate the unknown, and to emulate their wisdom in my personal life.

Psychotherapy is a conduit for individuals interested in shedding what no longer serves them in favor of healing old wounds, and developing beliefs and skills to promote personal vitality through relationship. I believe whole-heartedly the relationship between client and therapist(s) is paramount for effective work, and is the cornerstone of effective therapy. 

My formal educational background includes attending the University of Maryland for undergraduate work, later Mount Saint Mary's for education, and finally completing my Masters in Counseling at McDaniel College. In terms of equine facilitated work, I have studied with Linda Kohanov and Barbara Rector as well as having an ongoing collaboration with Great Strides founder, Terry Lewis, LCSW-C. I have supported clinics with dynamic and innovative clinicians such as Linda Tellington-Jones and Mary Wanless. Working with Emily Osborne, owner of Heart of Riding, LLC, continues to expand my knowledge of ethical horse stewardship and a biomechanical approach to riding. 

I spend a lot of time with my three kids, my husband, Willow (a gentle golden retriever), Griffin (a cat with more than nine lives), Elfie ( a ferocious and entertaining lop eared rabbit), as well as my work partners, Josh, Aerow, and the rest of the Great Strides herd. Reading, writing some not so great poetry, yummy dinners, and the ocean are welcome distractions as well!

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Meet the herd

Talulah

Talulah

Pumpkin

Pumpkin

Josh

Josh

Aerow  photo by Leila Ashekeboussi

Aerow photo by Leila Ashekeboussi

Topaz

Topaz

Sunny

Sunny