Human Team

Cristina Rennie
​Owner & Clinical supervisor

Equine Facilitated Counselling &
Traditional Clinical Counselling

Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)

Masters in Counselling
Psychology (Adler) CBEIP-MH*

 

How can a person begin to feel safe enough to share and understand their life stories? In the ten years I’ve been counselling individuals and families on my farm, we’ve found some answers together. And I believe one thing is essential: the power to choose.

In a calm, beautiful setting like a farm—complete with a barn, horses, and dogs—many can lower the walls that keep them from understanding themselves. But others need the privacy of one of our therapeutic rooms. Some uncover powerful insights by gazing into the non-judgmental eyes of an animal. Others find release simply through dialoguing honestly with a therapist in a private space. At Shamrock, it’s very important to me that clients have the opportunity to choose their own individualized pathways towards healing.

I feel privileged to work alongside highly ethical and creative professionals, as well as the miraculously supportive animals on our farm. It’s also an honour to supervise Masters-level counseling interns, who add tremendous value to our practice. All of these team members enable Shamrock to be a place of healing and learning. 

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Ruth Neveu

Youth Care Worker

Master of Arts Degree in Professional Communication; Intercultural and International (RRU) Undergraduate work in psychology, social work, and youth mental health and wellness.

Ruth brings over 25 years of experience working with youth in schools and in the community. Employed as a Youth Worker by the Abbotsford School District since 1997, Ruth has collaborated with health care professionals and community resources to best facilitate the personal, social and emotional development of our youth.

 

Ruth is an experienced and innovative educator; she understands the power horsemanship can bring to youth. In 2010, Ruth established one of BC’s first high school accredited horsemanship programs, partnering high school with a professional training barn. Ruth searches for creative solutions to reach students facing daily challenges. Her empathy and sense of humour help her build rapport quickly with youth. As an equine professional, Ruth fully understands the risks involved with horses and the success of a program relies on safety being paramount.

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Saleha Alshehri
Virtual Master Level Counsellor

BSW, MSW, RSW

I also understand that it gets overwhelming to deal with the aftermath of trauma or hardships by yourself. It gets dark and lonely when you’re not able to open up and experience yourself talking about what you feel and what you went through.

I believe that there is no one treatments fits all, therefore, I start where you are and where you can go within your history. I’m dedicated to providing a safe and trusted space for you to understand your story, to explore some of patterns preventing you to experience your best version of yourself. Through acceptance and therapeutic collaboration, you will take charge of your life story and learn the necessary skills to improve it. Thank you for your trust to share your experience with me!

Nicole Meister
Registered Social Worker

BSW, MSW, RSW

Since 2016, I have worked as a health care social worker and have learned how to develop relationships with a diverse population across the lifespan. I have supported patients and families through both the most traumatic and most wonderful experiences of their lives. Despite this, I have longed to work more closely with individuals and families to heal from trauma through relationship and connection with horses. 

 

In 2021, I completed my Master of Social Work degree with a specialization in Clinical Counselling. As a counsellor, I bring my empathy and curiosity into my relationship with clients to better understand their personal story. I strive to create a safe space from which clients can explore and feel seen and heard. I approach counselling from a Narrative Therapy and Feminist perspective, and have a strong interest in social justice.

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I have a life-long passion for horses that started on my grandpa’s farm when I was a toddler. I have regularly sought out opportunities to spend time with horses through volunteer programs, and have spent the last 8 years volunteering in equine-facilitated programs for women and youth.

Master level university students available

please call for more information and reduced rates

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My name is Saleha Alshehri, I’m a Master level counsellor and I believe in the significance of a non-judgmental and empathic connection to spark changes in people. This change starts by honoring your story and what got you here, various relationships in your life and how would you like them to be? I understand that when people go through trauma or life adversities, their self-perspectives may shatter or damaged, their relationships suffer, and their life choices are negatively impacted.

Equine Team

Wunder is an Oldenburg Warmblood who was born in California in 1999. She is a true leader, protector, and the mother of the herd.

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Aries is Wunder’s son. He is wise beyond his years. He is also the biggest horse at Shamrock, standing 18hh, but don’t let his size intimidate you. He is a gentle giant.

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Buddy is 28 years old and has been at the farm with Cristina since he was 6. He has had a full life, which has included dressage, eventing, endurance racing, and now working with people in counselling.

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Shea the newest member of the herd. She is a purebred Clydesdale who is four years old as of 2019. She will be learning the ropes for a while, watching the others work their magic.

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Chance is a 10-year-old OTTB (Off The Track Thoroughbred) mare who originally came to us to be re-trained so she could find a forever home. However, Chance blew everyone away with her gentle disposition, and we decided that that forever home was at Shamrock, working with clients.

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Emma is one of our therapy dogs. She is a Boxer who loves to give hugs, cuddles, and kisses.

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Charlie is Emma's baby girl, and she is learning the ropes of caring for people. Born in 2018, she looks just like her momma.

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