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, experiential 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 also infuses all she does with a wealth of knowledge related to integrative healthcare, art and other creative processes, and nature-based activities. Through this unique approach, Leif guides her students and clients towards a balanced and sustainable approach to health and wellness.
As a horse trainer and riding instructor turned mental health professional and leading expert, innovator, and pioneer in the area of equine-assisted mental health and equine-assisted learning, Leif has developed a reputation over the past 20+ years for her focus on understanding equine ethology and equine welfare, and for her broad-reaching and objective investigation into this emerging industry. 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’s books are used by colleges and universities around the world as teaching texts, and professionals consider them essential resources for research and clinical practice.
Leif has extensive clinical experience working with a diverse range of clientele including those struggling with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, learning differences, and daily life challenges as well as incarcerated populations and those with severe mental illness. One of Leif’s unique areas of expertise is working with clients who have complex conditions that include medical issues, and helping these patients establish a sound and accurate diagnosis and an effective and integrative treatment plan. As such, Leif is well versed in collaborating with medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, and other health professionals. Leif is also considered an expert in her work with pre-teens, teenagers, and young adults, and is highly skilled helping families address challenges and come up with creative and fresh solutions.
As an educator, Leif has taught in the prison system, in residential treatment settings, in experiential education environments, at private liberal arts colleges, and at major universities. Leif’s diverse educational experience allows her to move comfortably from teaching advanced skill development to a group of professionals, to working with clients on career, wellness, or lifestyle related goals, to leading teenagers or small children through an experiential learning activity.
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 passion and dedication to professionalism is clear in all that she does. Her workshops, trainings, and private sessions are not to be missed.