Internationally-recognized author, consultant, licensed mental health professional, educator and avid lover of nature and animals, Leif Hallberg, MA, LPC, LCPC has made it her life’s work to study the human-equine bond, and research the industry of equine-assisted activities and equine-assisted therapies (EAA/EAT).
As a leading expert, innovator, and pioneer, she has developed a reputation over the past 20+ years 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 applications of this relationship.
Leif’s books are considered the most comprehensive and well researched in this speciality area of practice and are used as teaching texts across the United States and internationally.
Leif’s professional experience includes two clinical directorships, services provided in a variety of integrative health settings, numerous consulting projects for integrative wellness programs, experiential therapy programs, and other business types, as well as an assistant professorship in the psychology program at Carroll College and teaching responsibilities at Prescott College, the University of Minnesota – Center for Spirituality and Healing, and other institutions of higher education.
Leif is an educator and experiential therapist at heart, but also brings a depth of knowledge in the related areas of nature-based and animal-assisted therapy and learning, systems theory, depth psychology, existential analysis, rites of passage, art therapy, integrative medicine, and mindfulness-based practices.
Clinically, Leif has extensive experience working with a diverse range of clientele including those struggling with learning differences, anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, 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 medical problems, helping them address their conditions from a psychological orientation. Leif commonly collaborates with medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, and other health professionals to address the psychological components of human health. 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 a consultant trained in systems theory and organizational development, Leif helps professionals and organizations develop new ideas and brand concepts while reviewing and assessing existing systems and implementing services.
Leif melds a great sense of humor and curiosity with an unassuming personality and exceptional organizational skills, leadership, clarity, knowledge and experience. She is able to see the big picture while simultaneously helping individuals and organizations manage down to the smallest detail.
Leif provides consultation services, professional development training, and private intensives nationally and internationally. She is an animated and skilled presenter and clinician whose passion and dedication to professionalism is clear in all that she does.