Human Team

Cristina Rennie
​Owner & Clinical supervisor

Equine Facilitated Counselling &
Traditional Clinical Counselling

Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC)

Masters in Counseling
Psychology (Adler) CBEIP-MH*

​EFW-Can - MH/EP/Mentor**

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. 

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.

Evelyn McKelvie
Equine Facilitated Executive Coaching

Traditional Executive Coaching

BA., CEC, P.C.C.

As a certified horse trainer, Evelyn brings an added dimension and richness to coaching with horses. Having been trained in the language of the horse (body language), Evelyn acts as interpreter between horses and humans, enriching the exchange and broadening understanding. 

“As non-verbal creatures, horses represent a tabula rasa to us humans, an almost perfect projection screen upon which we can, and do, project our own thoughts and feelings. Horses take us deep inside - fast. We are impacted by their size and chemistry as they magnify our ‘feel-good’ hormones. We relate to them emotionally and have a shared sense of our mammalian nature. However the predator-prey dynamic can create misunderstandings between horse and human.”  Evelyn’s skill brings a very rich communication alive, helping humans to see the subtle body cues and messages that horses ‘tell’ us. 

As a former leader in IT, Education, and in business, Evelyn earned her stripes leading teams through challenging organizational change over 30 plus years. Her clients have included the University of British Columbia, Investors Group, and Joey Restaurants, and Avitan Resources Group, to name a few. 

Cadence Speelman

Master's Level Intern

Master's Level Student at City University of Seattle

The serendipity of life has brought the years I spent growing up alongside horses to join up with becoming a therapist. My own experiences with these animals has led me to the awareness that their curiosity, presence, and natural characteristics could uniquely contribute to therapy. Having one of these gentle beings take an interest in you is awe-inspiring, and I am thrilled to be partnering with them in clinical practice.

 

My evolving approach to clinical counselling is entered upon merging Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy and nature-based frameworks. That might sound fancy, but essentially the heart of my work is supporting individuals in looking at anything between the depths of suffering and what brings fulfillment in life. As a master's level intern therapist, my intention is that Shamrock can always be a safe space to explore from.

With the appreciation that best practice is the core ethic of my professional work, I am honoured to be learning from Cristina and the entire Shamrock Wellness team!

Evelyn is an author, speaker and certified Executive Coach who has developed a unique model of Equine Facilitated Executive Coaching. Incorporating the tools of neuroscience, Emotional Intelligence, and Conversational Intelligence, Evelyn creates opportunities for teams and individuals to explore leadership, communication, and inter/intra-personal relationships, breaking down barriers to fixed mindsets and creating the space for growth and insight to flourish.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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