Renee Bouffard


Renee has been working in the field of social work for over 10 years working in residential settings and community mental health, intermittently incorporating horses throughout, and saw the benefits of this powerful relationship help her clients make large strides in their lives.  In 2011, Renee was able to learn more about Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and began practicing this model of therapy while also working in community mental health settings with adolescents and young adults with complex trauma.  Renee specializes in complex and single incident trauma, Reactive Attachment Disorder, depression, anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorder symptoms with individuals of all ages.  Renee has been trained in several equine assisted psychotherapy models and most recently Natural Lifemanship where she has found her clinical fundamentals align the most with their principles.  Renee is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy and has been combining EMDR and EAP, seeing incredible benefits for her clients.


Renee opened Healing Hoofbeats, LLC in October of 2016 full time and the practice has now grown to add 2 more therapists and an equine specialist.  She also holds certifications as an equine specialist and certified equine interaction professional.  Through her practice, Renee also provides supervision to other mental health professionals utilizing EAP principles and teaches workshops to professionals in the fields of mental health and therapeutic equine activities.




Liz earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Western Connecticut State University and a Master of Social Work from Fordham University.  In 2009 she became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Liz holds a Post-Master’s Certification from the University of Denver as an Equine Assisted Mental Health Practitioner.  As a graduate from this program, she received comprehensive education, training, and supervision to ethically include equine interactions and the equine environment to her psychotherapy practice.  


For the last 26 years Liz has worked in various roles for children and families in Connecticut.  She especially enjoys supporting adolescents and young adults, and has expertise with how adverse childhood experiences, trauma, mental illness, and substance abuse impact success.

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Cheryl has over 25 years working with individuals as a Special Education Teacher and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She graduated from Colorado Christian University’s Masters Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2019. Within the classroom she provided trust, understanding, support, and empathy in a safe place, which allowed her students to seek and find the skills and solutions they needed to overcome the challenges they faced. When working with clients, she provides the same environment to enable them to move along in their journey.  Her therapeutic approach is to join her clients where they currently are and help them determine where they wish to go while providing support and understanding. Horses have always been her passion and she respects the healing power of a relationship with equines. Cheryl began her journey as an Equine Therapist in 2020 when she was trained through Natural Lifemanship. Prior to her training Cheryl began to expand her knowledge and connection with horses by engaging in volunteer work on several horse farms and programs. Cheryl strongly believes in the principles and core concept of the importance of the relationship that is taught within the NL model. Cheryl specializes in Anxiety Disorders, Autism Spectrum, Spiritual Counseling, ADHD/ ADD, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar disorder, Adolescent, Codependency, Developmental Disorders, Faith-based counseling, Learning Disabilities, PTSD, and Groups.  Cheryl believes, "relationship with self and others is the foundation of change."

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Nicole has been working in the field of Human Services for over 8 years as an experienced Advocate for Disabled Veterans. She graduated from Post University with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Counseling. During her education she completed internships at a PATH International Premier Accredited Center assisting with therapeutic horseback riding programs for youth with disabilities as well as an equine assisted psychotherapy program for Disabled Veterans. In an effort to expand her knowledge in partnering with equines in therapy she pursued her PATH Certification as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Nicole is trained in Natural Lifemanship and finds that these fundamentals best align with her practice.


Nicole served 8 years in the Army National Guard and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She utilizes her own experience as a Combat Veteran to better serve the Veteran community.   



Animals are the perfect partner for therapy. They utilize their keen sensitivity to non-verbal communication to assist us in developing new relationship skills, regulating emotions and beginning the healing process.


Our healing partners are dedicated to this unique work and appreciate your support for their wellness. Each four-legged partner has different needs, which recur monthly. Sponsorship of our animals plays a key role in our ability to keep them happy, healthy, sound, and present.