A place where Neurodiverse
families come together
Healing HeARTs Ranch
Healing HeARTS Ranch is a place dedicated to helping school aged children up to 14 year old struggling with mental health issues (Autism, ADHD, Selective Mutism, OCD, ODD, Depression). With very little support in our province for for this age group my hope is that we can come together and support one another and fill this gap. I am doing this on my free time - entirely voluntarily to connect and support families like ours through our facebook support group, organized art hives at my place, board game gatherings, mindfulness activities and group hikes ....
Early on in our diagnosis we discovered very little awareness of Selective Mutism in Nova Scotia and a gap in the province in services targeted to individuals higher on the spectrum. So as an Indigenous Artist, with a background in Psychology, I turned to art, nature and animals to assist my family and my boys began to thrive!
I am working towards my Masters degree in Counselling Psychology but have been teaching art for many years as a professional artist. I offer individual and small group art lessons to help children with anxieties and specifically empower people with new ways of expressing themselves. I also homeschool and offer Art classes to other homeschool children, both neurodiverse and neurotypical students. I am not a counsellor yet but a professional artist with much experience and education in mental health, providing a nonjudgmental empathetic, creative environment. (see about me)
I strongly believe in the therapeutic value of art, nature and animals in healing. So our life centers around life in the woods surrounded by animals and creative play.
Having a distraction such as a hike or engaged in a creative process is critical in my experience to give kids something to focus on to help alleviate some of the anxieties away from a clinical setting.
I run a small creative classes for children age 9-14, where we can learn various artistic skills while building friendships.
As a family that "gets it" - know you are not alone!
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