Some words I use to describe my colleague and friend of over 20 years: Passionate, driven, always ethical, razor sharp clinically, intuitive and humanistic. Laura Brinkerhoff, M.A., LPC, LISAC

Internationally-recognized author, educator, psychotherapist, and avid lover of nature and animals, Leif Hallberg, MA, LPC, LCPC provides innovative, experiential services that foster learning, growth and change.

Leif has made it her life’s work to explore the myriad of health benefits that can be gained from engaging in respectful, relational, and mindful interactions between horses, humans and the natural world. Leif infuses all she does with a wealth of knowledge related to integrative healthcare, art, and nature-based activities. Through this unique approach, Leif guides her students and clients towards a balanced and sustainable approach to health and wellness.

Considered one of the foremost authorities in the emerging areas of equine-assisted mental health and equine-assisted learning, Leif has developed a reputation over the past 20+ years for her broad-reaching and objective investigation into this developing industry. As a horse trainer and riding instructor turned mental health professional, Leif is highly concerned with equine welfare, the importance of understanding equine ethology, and the ethics of appropriating equines for human wellbeing. It has been Leif’s goal to clarify, define, and objectively describe the complexity and diversity of the human-equine-nature relationship, and the professional and ethical applications of this relationship.

Leif teaches professional development workshops and counselor/educator trainings around the world, and her books The Clinical Practice of Equine-Assisted Therapy: Including Horses in Human HealthcareThe Equine-Assisted Therapy Workbook: A Learning Guide for Professionals and Students, and Walking the Way of the Horse: Exploring the Power of the Horse-Human Relationship are used internationally by colleges and universities as teaching texts and by practicing professionals who consider them essential resources for research and clinical practice.

In her own clinical practice, Leif has extensive clinical experience working with a diverse range of clientele. Her areas of treatment specialization include:

  • Youth, adolescent, and family counseling
  • Parent support & education
  • Treatment of anxiety, depression, and stress, and assistance with daily life challenges and life transitions.
  • Diagnosis, treatment planning, treatment coordination, and clinical consulting for complex cases.
  • Treatment of mental health conditions co-occurring with medical conditions.
  • Men struggling with trauma – both service related and non-service related.
  • Relationship counseling

Leif is considered an expert in her work with youth, teenagers, and young adults, and is highly skilled at helping families address challenges and come up with creative and fresh solutions. Leif collaborates with educators, medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, naturopathic physicians, and other healthcare professionals to ensure each of her patients receive the best possible care.  

Leif melds a great sense of humor and curiosity with an unassuming personality and exceptional organizational skills, leadership, clarity, knowledge and experience. She is an animated and skilled presenter and clinician whose energy, passion, and dedication to professionalism is clear in all that she does. Her workshops, trainings, and private sessions are not to be missed.