Our approach partners humans and horses together and doesn't consider a horse a "tool." Throughout our engaging, interactive and nature-based sessions, we take horse welfare very seriously. Our experiential learning allows individuals, families, and organizations to learn the basics of traditional horsemanship skills while working through their current challenges.
Head, Heart & Hooves
Head, Heart & Hooves Counseling (HHH) was founded on a mission of creating accessible, alternatives to traditional talk therapy. We offer Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) located at the beautiful setting of Renegade Equine in Bend, Oregon. Our location allows close accessibility to Sisters, Tumalo, Redmond, Bend, and the surrounding areas, yet allows our participants the opportunity to reconnect to nature.
We are proud to give back to animal welfare organizations that promote sustainable approaches to rescue, sanctuary, and green-care. A part of all of our income is donated in-kind to a different organization every month.
Adam Clark, LCSW, AASW
First, welcome to our website! We all have very busy lives and I'm grateful you've chosen to take the time to learn more about Head, Heart & Hooves Counseling!
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Adam Clark, LCSW, AASW is a Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) graduate from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work where he received his Animal Assisted Social Work (AASW) Certification through the Institute for Human-Animal Connection and specialized in Family Systems work.
Adam found himself focusing on pet loss and bereavement during his tenure at the Colorado State Veterinary Teaching Hospital,
Argus Institute, as a Clinical Counselor after graduate school. Subsequently, Adam started his practice of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy working with families as well as specializing in tweens, teens and young adults in biofeedback modalities for teens and young adults.
In order to enhance his understanding of grief and loss, Adam moved into the realm of human hospice as a Medical Social Worker at Suncrest Hospice in Denver, Colorado, and in administration as a Director of Support Services at an emerging hospice program. In addition, Adam spent time as a Crisis Counselor working at Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners, advancing his clinical and critical intervention skills working with a variety of high-risk callers and at-risk populations frequently engaging in suicidal/homicidal interventions.
Adam has the honor of being an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social work since 2016 and has had the privilege of updated and reformatting SOWK 4741: Grief & Loss Across the Lifespan. In addition, Adam has taught SOWK 4001: Clinical Social Work Skills, SOWK 4338: Assessment of Mental Health Across the Lifespan, SOWK 4796: Animal-Assisted Social Work Practice, SOWK 4340: Leadership and Supervision as well as SOWK 4003 Clinical Social Work Theory and Practice. Within his teaching style, Adam is passionate about the well-being of the graduate students he serves and promotes a challenging, positive-feedback structure classroom environment. Since moving to Oregon, Adam continues as an adjunct through MSW@Denver online.
Adam has been involved with the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work (IHAC) upon entering graduate school. Since graduating, Adam has been invited back to participate in guest lecture and consultation as needed for the last five years. Adam has since moved into the role of Affiliate Faculty for IHAC since 2018 and continues to work within a variety of supportive roles and consultation within the Institute, including contribution as an author within Transforming Trauma: Resilience and Healing Through Our Connections With Animals (Purdue University Press, 2019).
Adam is the founder of Pet Loss Education Project, his consulting practice, whose focus is on reducing the cultural stigma associated with pet loss, supporting pet owners, and educating professionals. Adam educates and supports veterinary professionals within his practice in self-care strategies, time management, communication techniques, clinic growth, and personal/professional balance. Most recently Adam has been actively involved in consulting roles with the American Humane Society, American Veterinary Medical Association, as well as Barkbox. Within his role at Pet Loss Education Project, Adam has launched a growing audience through social media, Pet Loss Education and Support, as well as reaching nearly one million readers within his online Column for Psychology Today, Animal Attachment since 2016, which is aimed at the human-animal bond and focuses on issues at end of life between pets and their human counterparts.
When I'm not working, I thoroughly enjoy spending time with my two and four-legged friends and family. There's nothing better than a hike through a mountain, relaxing next to a stream or curling up with a good book.
"Scared and sacred are spelled with the same letters. Awful proceeds from the same root word as awesome. Terrify and terrific. Every negative experience holds the seed of transformation."