Click on the links below to go directly to a subject, or just scroll down to read about all of the possibilities of the SpiritedScience® program:
- Equine-Assisted Counseling and Learning
- Shamanic Counseling and Past-Life Regression
- Transformational Life and Wellness Coaching
- Equine Health & Wellness
- Classes and Workshops
Equine-Assisted Counseling & Equine-Assisted Learning
Horse and Human in Spirited Partnership
Horses have saved Cindy from certain self-destruction. She has watched them help others in similar ways, and she wants to share their special brand of healing and wisdom with other people who are in pain, lost, or otherwise feeling battered by life. Horses can help with healing relationship patterns, grief, depression, anxiety, complex trauma, PTSD, and other adjustment issues. They can even help with substance use disorders.
Cindy has extensive professional training and experience with horses. She is an EAGALA-certified practitioner with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a post-Masters certificate in Equine-Assisted Mental Health. (“EAGALA” stands for Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association.) As a professional teacher, spiritual counselor, and trainer, she is well-qualified to facilitate equine-assisted counseling and learning. Cindy is adamant that her own journey to wellness would never have been complete without the special horses that helped her to heal from the inside out, and she is delighted to offer the opportunity for you to experience a similar connection. In relationship with a horse, we can begin to understand the dynamics of all our of relationships. With that understanding, we can move toward making the changes that we need for our happiness and healing.
Sessions with the horses can be either private or group, depending on your needs. They are conducted at Rivendell Farm Equine Center in Chittenango, NY. Proper attire is required. If you have any questions about what constitutes proper attire for working around horses, see the FAQs page.
Shamanic Counseling & Past Life Regression
While shamanic techniques are often included in the work the client and counselor do together, Cindy also offers some basic shamanic services separately:
Shamanic Counseling and Training in the Shamanic Journey
The nature of this teaching requires that the client come to the shamanic practitioner once a week, and so cannot be done at a distance. Private shamanic counseling normally consists of one-hour sessions, one session per week. The shamanic journey is undertaken by the client in order to realize one’s own personal spiritual power. You can discover your own ability to obtain extraordinary, yet very practical, spiritual wisdom and answers to important personal questions. The shamanic counselor helps and guides in ordinary reality. This is usually a very powerful and empowering experience. Black Horse Spirit’s office at Rivendell Farm in Chittenango, NY is the perfect meeting place for face-to-face shamanic journey training.
Shamanic divination is performed by the shamanic practitioner. The shaman journeys to non-ordinary reality (the Otherworld) to ask compassionate helping spirits for help and guidance. (The spirits tend to respond better when information and healing are requested on behalf of another. They like to see us demonstrate compassion.) Divination is usually set up through telephone contact prior to the shamanic practitioner’s journey, and then discussed with the client in a follow-up call. Physical contact is not necessary for this service. However, if you would prefer to speak face-to-face, that can be arranged as well.
Shamanic healing is often used in support of conventional medicine, both allopathic and/or holistic. Depending on the issue, it has also been utilized alone very successfully to heal both people and animals. Cindy can perform shamanic healing on horses from a distance if necessary, but she prefers that humans to come to the office in person.
Some types of shamanic healing:
Restoring Lost Energy/Power Animal Retrieval
Extraction of Energy Intrusions on Horse & Human
Soul Retrieval for Horse & Human
(Cindy has been trained by Sandra Ingerman to perform Soul Retrieval. Call or see excerpt below for more information.)
(Cindy has been trained by Betsy Bergstrom to perform Curse Unraveling. Call or see excerpt below for more information.)
A Few Words Concerning Soul Retrieval
What is soul retrieval? Well, shamanic cultures have always believed that when we experience a trauma, part of our soul leaves to avoid the full brunt of the pain — which is a great self protection mechanism, but sometimes those parts don’t find their way back on their own. Events like abuse, accident, or even divorce can cause soul loss. Symptoms of soul loss include: dissociation, chronic depression, PTSD, immune deficiency problems, or feeling like “I’ve never been myself since ___.” Soul retrieval can reunite us with those missing parts, returning to us that lost essence and vitality, and the sense of wholeness that is every person’s birthright. Cindy prefers to do soul retrieval in person, although on some rare occasions she can perform them from a distance. Sometimes animals can benefit from soul retrieval as well. Horses can particularly benefit from soul retrieval if they have experienced a past trauma and/or there are recurring health or behavior issues.
When you contact Cindy for soul retrieval, she will first do a “diagnostic” journey to discuss with helping spirits whether you or your animal actually need a soul retrieval, or whether the issue should be resolved by other means. That being said, Cindy firmly believes that almost everyone in Western culture can benefit from at least one soul retrieval.
A Few Words About Curse/Thoughtform Unraveling
Throughout history, shamans have worked with healing the effects of sorcery and curses, among other things. “Curses” often present as repeating unhealthy patterns: compulsive thoughts; a feeling of being under attack; chronic accidents, injuries, illness; or other types of repeating “bad luck.” Some of these patterns can be rooted in past-life events or are passed down through the family lineage. Others are negative thought forms which we fuel and perpetuate on ourselves.
Many modern cultures still believe in the power of curses; certain indigenous North, Central, and South American cultures spring to mind immediately. Certain Mediterranean cultures still believe in the “evil eye.” A good counselor is cognizant of the ways that various cultures view the world in order to determine the best way to help clients of various ethnic backgrounds. What may seem like superstition to our Western eyes are often realities for members of indigenous cultures. (Even the Irish side of Cindy’s own background is replete with Otherworldly influences.)
Past-Life Regression and Hypnosis for Fast, Healthy Change
Hypnosis is a very effective tool to make a lasting and immediate change for the better. Hypnosis can help you quit smoking, manage your weight, handle stress better — or help you rid yourself of performance anxiety, fear, or self-esteem issues. Hypnosis is easy, safe, and fun with a professional, certified hypnotist. Cindy’s style of hypnosis is heart-centered, relaxing, and very good for your spirit. It is normally included in the SpiritedScience® program and custom-designed just for you.
Using the openness of the mind while we are in this altered state, we can help ourselves relax, release old patterns, learn new skills, improve our minds, our memories, our health, overcome fears and phobias, deal with chronic pain, chronic stress — anything that is is part of an old habit or way of thinking that we want to leave behind.
We can also connect with our own inner guidance, find new ways to be the best we can be, body, mind and spirit, and improve the quality of life in the here and now.
Hypnosis can be helpful with many issues. If you ride, Cindy can help you overcome pre-show anxiety or “show ring jitters.” With hypnosis techniques, she can help you overcome any fears and/or traumas so you can get back to enjoying your horse and your life. She can even help you improve your overall performance.
Cindy specializes in hypnosis techniques for Stress Reduction and Past Life Regression. Past Life Regression can especially help with the integration of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of Self that are necessary to be whole.
Hypnosis and Past Life Regression sessions are best scheduled for face-to-face office meetings in Chittenango, NY, although, under some circumstances Cindy will make an exception and work with you over Zoom. In rare instances, she may work with you at your stable, especially with fear issues.
With heart-centered hypnosis, YOUR agenda is always followed, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Instead of spending years in therapy, very often you can resolve your issue with just a few hypnosis sessions.
SpiritedScience ® Transformational Life & Wellness Coaching
The coaching relationship is an ongoing partnership that helps you produce fulfilling results in your personal and professional life. If you are trying to improve your life, whether it is around your relationships, your career, or any number of other life issues, statistics show that you will achieve significantly greater results when using a life coach. An effective coach can guide you, motivate you, and educate you. Coaches provide accountability and discipline. Coaching accelerates your progress toward important goals by providing greater focus and awareness of your choices. Cindy is a certified professional wellness coach with masters-level mental health counselor training. Oftentimes, traumas from the past can create subconscious blocks that may keep you from attaining your goals. Cindy is uniquely qualified to help you effectively heal the traumas from your past that inevitably arise in the process of self-improvement so that you can move forward toward your goals with ease and grace, free of self-sabotage.
SpiritedScience® Tranformational Life Coaching includes shamanic healing, intuitive counseling, heart-centered hypnosis, health & wellness support, and equine-assisted learning/counseling. You will deepen your learning, improve your performance, and enhance the quality of your life. Black Horse Spirit can help you reach your life goals, get in touch with your soul purpose, and become more satisfied with your life overall.
Cindy can help you gently shift your energy and heal old traumas so that you can at last discover and bring your life into alignment with your soul purpose.
If you’re ready to begin this transformative journey into wholeness, give Cindy a call or make an appointment by clicking “schedule an appointment” below. You will meet and discuss how she can best support and guide you on your way to a successful and fulfilling life!
SpiritedScience ® Group Coaching and EAL
Group Coaching and/or Equine-Assisted Learning sessions can be a fun way for you to incorporate SpiritedScience® Life Coaching/Counseling into your life at a reduced group rate. Groups usually consist of 3 to 8 members with similar goals and interests who meet in person at the farm once a week for an hour. Most groups are 8-10 weeks in duration. Members of the group are asked to keep what is said in the group confidential, so that a safe haven is maintained for all.
Groups are a great way to get your feet wet and find out if you and Cindy will “click.” Groups are also a great way to start working with the horses in equine-assisted learning and equine-assisted counseling, too. Private group equine-assisted corporate team-building is also available. Other groups are psychoeducational or shamanic in nature, and are posted on the Event Calendar as open to all.
SpiritedScience ® Group coaching/counseling is usually scheduled as demand requires, so if you are interested, let Cindy know so she can add you to the group list. When there are enough people to start, Cindy will announce dates and times and sign-up procedures in the newsletter and on the event calendar.
Equine Health & Wellness
Transformational Equine Wellness Services/Consultation
You need to know that your horse’s life and care are designed for his ultimate happiness as well, because how can you be happy if your equine friend isn’t? Cindy is an equine happiness expert! Listed below are just some of the things she can help you with, always with an eye toward the care and healing of your horse’s spirit, along with his/her body and mind:
- evaluating your feeding program
- designing a custom feed program for optimum nutrition that won’t empty your wallet
- behavioral training advice from foals to finished horses
- first aid and chronic care
- pregnant mare care
- a good exercise program
- how to get the right bloodwork done
- how to talk to your vet
- referrals to qualified experts in the field
Cindy specializes in helping horses with Cushing’s Disease (PPID) and/or Insulin Resistance.
SpiritedScience ® Horse-Human Relationship Counseling
This is a uniquely spirited modality for fostering understanding between horse people and their equine partners.
You and your horse are partners, and partnerships of all kinds sometimes need a little help. Whether yours is a new equine/equestrian relationship or you and your horse are an established team, Cindy can dig into her vast expertise with equine behavior and training — as well as her deeply spiritual and almost telepathic connection with horses — to help you build or repair your partnership with your horse. Maybe physical changes like injury or age (for either or both of you) have altered the way you relate to your equine companion, or you would just like to understand your horse better. Cindy can help you better manage or reconcile troublesome differences and/or repeating patterns of stress upon the relationship, so that you may develop or renew a satisfying, happy relationship for both of you.