Providing Equine-Based Therapy to Those in Need
Since 2011, Kimberly Portanova-Feibus ’12, MS in Mental Health Counseling, has worked at Marley’s Mission, a nonprofit organization that provides equine-based therapy to youth and their families who have experienced trauma. In addition to seeing clients, Portanova-Feibus was promoted to the position of clinical director, which requires her to work closely with colleagues to ensure they are providing top-quality mental health treatment for each client. In 2015, she and seven teammates received the mission’s Remembering Zachary Award, which recognizes the efforts of individuals who promote awareness of child abuse. “Through equine-assisted therapy, we help children shift from victims to survivors,” Portanova-Feibus says.