New Therapists

Counseling with Ventana Garen, MA

I am a registered psychotherapist with a masters degree in mindfulness and transpersonal psychology. My passion lies in the wisdom of the body, having studied many forms of embodiment-based dance and movement modalities since I was a teenager and completing my BA in Somatic Psychology. It is my joy to utilize an empowerment, somatic, and emotion-based lens when supporting women into greater self-fulfillment and growth. I love to support women to reclaim the deepest qualities of who they are, and to transform their life through the relationship they have with their innermost self. I have experience in gestalt therapy, facilitating women’s embodiment work, and equine-assisted work through having my own horse since I was 11.


Counseling with Tara McGovern-Ortiz, MA

Tara McGovern-Ortiz is a Registered Psychotherapist and Clinical Counseling Masters Degree candidate at Naropa University.  Her background, education and training have been in Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy, and she is now bridging her passion for horses and nature as an equine-facilitated therapist at Twin Oaks Farm.

In the past, Tara worked as a guide and mentor bringing humans and animals together in wildness areas, as well as caring for at-risk youth in a therapeutic home-setting.  Currently, she works with individuals, couples, families and groups of all ages and backgrounds, who are navigating a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, and acculturation stress.  With a background in culturally sensitive therapy and equine care, Tara’s growth-oriented outlook promotes empowerment and resilience.  Bridging the past, present and future in intuitive and creative ways, she uses intention and humor to help identify both internal and external resources for navigating life’s challenges.  Tara offers free consultation and a sliding scale.



Counseling with Gillian Pierce, MA

Gillian Pierce is a Registered Psychotherapist and coach and earned her masters degree in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Clinical Counseling from Naropa University.  Gillian is the co-founder of Global Glue Project and has created and offered education groups and programs on healthy relationships. Her background includes work as an outdoor instructor and facilitator with youth and adults in various areas of human development. Gillian is also a yoga teacher and a mindfulness instructor and utilizes those tools in session.

Gillian works with individuals, couples, families and groups. Gillian is trained as a PACT level II couples therapist (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) and has experience and training working with addiction. Gillian works with clients in a fun, growth-oriented, tools-based approach and absolutely delights in partnering with the animals at the farm to help clients orient toward their own inherent health and resources. Gillian offers free consultations.




Since its establishment in 2009, Twin Oaks has hosted over a hundred workshops for groups of teachers, students, hospital teams, scientists and academics, corporate leaders, church and meditation groups, children, etc. We create tailor-made equine-facilitated events meeting the specific aspirations and needs of your organization, offering coaching, mindfulness-based learning, leadership trainings, group therapy, family counseling, and growth experiential with horses. We welcome groups from six to 24 participants, for a minimum of two hours to a full-day experiential.

Just indicate what themes you wish to explore and we design a truly transformative experience for your group. Contact us to enquire about our highly competitive fees and availability. Treat yourself to a unique experience in the beautiful settings and the comfortable facilities of a historical farm, we very much look forward to welcoming you!


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