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Team

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

Our therapy team for mental health is a dedicated and compassionate group of professionals committed to your well-being. With a diverse range of expertise and specialties, our team includes licensed therapists, counselors, and mental health professionals who are here to support you on your journey to emotional and psychological wellness.

Each member of our therapy team brings a unique set of skills and experiences, allowing us to offer a wide variety of therapeutic approaches and modalities tailored to your specific needs. Whether you're seeking support for anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, or any other mental health concern, our team is here to provide guidance, understanding, and a safe space for healing and growth.

We believe in the power of collaboration and client-centered care. When you choose to work with our therapy team, you can expect a personalized and holistic approach to your mental health, where your goals and preferences are at the forefront of your treatment plan.

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Founder & Therapist

Jessica Oliver, LCSW

Jessica is a highly respected therapist and the visionary founder behind Peaceful Pastures Ranch & Therapy. With a passion for helping individuals overcome trauma, OCD, and anxiety, Jessica has dedicated her career to creating healing experiences that combine traditional psychotherapy with innovative techniques such as equine assistance, hypnotherapy, and exposure response prevention. Jessica's approach is holistic, addressing the emotional, psychological, and physical aspects of her clients' challenges. Making her a sought-after resource for those seeking lasting healing and personal growth. One of Jessica's key therapeutic modalities is mental health therapy with equine assistance, where clients have the opportunity to work with horses as part of their healing journey. This unique method allows individuals to build trust, gain insight, and develop a deeper understanding of themselves, all while fostering a sense of connection and empowerment. Hypnotherapy is another powerful tool in Jessica's toolkit, helping clients access their subconscious mind to uncover and address deeply rooted issues that may be contributing to their struggles. Through hypnotherapy, she guides individuals in reprogramming negative thought patterns and developing healthier coping strategies. Jessica's expertise in exposure response prevention is invaluable for those dealing with OCD. She helps clients confront their fears and obsessions in a controlled and supportive environment, allowing them to gradually build resilience and reduce their anxiety. Jessica offers a range of transformative experiences, including intensives, retreats, workshops, and life coaching. These immersive programs provide clients with the opportunity to delve deep into their healing process, gain new insights, and develop practical skills to manage their challenges effectively. Jessica's warm, compassionate, and client-centered approach creates a safe and nurturing environment where individuals can explore their inner worlds and find the strength to overcome their mental health challenges. Her commitment to helping others heal and thrive is a testament to her dedication to the field of psychotherapy and her unwavering belief in the power of transformation.

Offering 

  • In-person retreats, workshops, groups, and equine-facilitated psychotherapy.

  • Immigration Evaluations

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Therapist

David Brune, LMHC

David Brune is a licensed mental health counselor with a national certification, serving clients in multiple states. With a background in the U.S. Marine Corps, he brings a unique blend of discipline, empathy, and unwavering dedication to his therapeutic practice. As a father himself, David understands the importance of family and the challenges that come with it, making him especially attuned to the dynamics of family life. David's approach to counseling is direct yet deeply empathetic. He meets each client exactly where they are on their mental health journey, creating a safe, non-judgmental space for healing and growth. With years of experience in the field, David specializes in working with individuals dealing with trauma, anxiety, ADHD, family dynamics, and addictions. One of David's areas of expertise is working with Veterans and First Responders, a population that often faces unique challenges and stressors. His military background allows him to connect with Veterans profoundly, and he takes immense pride in supporting those who have served their country. Additionally, David serves as the certifying clinical member for several Fire and Police agencies' internal mental health wellness and critical response teams, ensuring that these brave individuals have access to the mental health resources they need to cope with the demands of their roles. David Brune's commitment to mental health and well-being is unwavering, and his direct yet compassionate approach makes him a trusted and effective therapist. Whether you're a Veteran, First Responder, or someone seeking support for trauma, anxiety, ADHD, family issues, or addiction, David is here to help you journey to a healthier and happier life. With David, you'll find a dedicated counselor who understands your unique challenges and is ready to guide you toward a brighter future.

In-person individuals and telehealth

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Therapist

Nicole Dean, RMHCI

Nicole's journey to becoming a mental health counselor is inspiring. After dedicating a decade of her life to serving in the military and another ten years as a devoted correctional officer for Florida, she made a courageous decision to follow her true passion: helping others achieve their full potential through mental health counseling. In 2020, Nicole proudly graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Florida, laying the foundation for her future career in counseling. Determined to make a difference, she continued her educational journey and obtained her master's degree in mental health counseling from Troy University in 2022. Nicole's commitment to lifelong learning reflects her dedication to providing the best possible care to her clients. Nicole's approach to counseling is characterized by her deep empathy, understanding, and genuine desire to support children and adults on their journey to success. She recognizes that each person's path is unique, and she tailors her counseling approach to meet the individual needs of her clients. One of Nicole's exceptional offerings is in-person equine psychotherapy at a ranch, providing a therapeutic experience beyond traditional methods. Her use of equine-assisted therapy allows clients to connect with horses in a healing and transformative way, fostering personal growth, self-awareness, and emotional well-being. In addition to equine therapy, Nicole offers traditional in-person therapy sessions and telehealth services, ensuring accessibility and flexibility in her counseling approach. Whether you prefer the calm of the ranch or the convenience of online sessions, Nicole is committed to creating a safe and nurturing space for your personal growth and healing. Nicole's journey from military service to correctional officer to a passionate mental health counselor showcases her unwavering dedication to helping others overcome challenges and achieve their goals. If you're seeking a compassionate and dedicated counselor to support you on your path to success, Nicole is here to guide you every step.

Offering in-person and telehealth 

Individuals and Groups

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Therapist

Sarah Martinez, LMHC

Sarah, a dedicated Licensed Mental Health Counselor, brings her experience and a genuine passion for helping others to her practice. Currently residing in Upstate New York, Sarah has been providing therapy since 2012, positively impacting countless individuals' lives along the way. Throughout her career, Sarah has worked with diverse populations across various settings, showcasing her versatility and commitment to mental health care. Her professional journey has taken her through inpatient facilities, psychosocial rehabilitation programs, private practice, substance abuse treatment programs, and even correctional facilities. This breadth of experience has honed her ability to connect with people from all walks of life. One of Sarah's areas of expertise and deep-seated passion is working with individuals who have experienced trauma. She understands the profound impact that trauma can have on one's mental and emotional well-being, and she is dedicated to helping her clients heal and move forward. To achieve this, Sarah employs evidence-based therapies such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Accelerated Resolution Therapy. These approaches effectively assist clients in processing and resolving traumatic experiences, enabling them to regain control and peace in their lives. Sarah's commitment to her client's well-being is unwavering, and she utilizes a range of therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), to provide comprehensive and individualized care. Her approach is characterized by empathy, active listening, and a deep understanding of each client's unique challenges. Above all, Sarah's goal is to create a therapeutic environment where her patients feel safe, secure, and loved. She understands that healing is a journey and is here to walk alongside her clients every step, offering guidance, support, and a genuine commitment to their growth and well-being. If you're seeking a compassionate and experienced therapist in Florida or Upstate New York. In that case, Sarah is ready to partner with you on your healing and personal transformation path. With her expertise and dedication, you can find the support and guidance to create positive change in your life.

Offering Telehealth 

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Veteran Support Facilitator 

Ryan Oliver

Ryan is a dedicated veteran support facilitator who is crucial in helping transitioning service members navigate their journey from military life to civilian careers. With an impressive 21-year career in the United States Air Force as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician, Ryan brings a wealth of experience, discipline, and a deep commitment to serving others. As the veteran support facilitator, Ryan oversees the SkillBridge program, a vital initiative designed to assist military personnel in gaining valuable civilian job skills and experience before they transition to civilian life. His role involves coordinating training opportunities, connecting veterans with industry partners, and providing essential guidance to ensure a seamless transition to civilian careers. Ryan's background as an EOD technician showcases his exceptional expertise in handling hazardous materials and defusing potentially life-threatening situations. His unwavering dedication to duty, outstanding problem-solving skills, and ability to remain calm under pressure make him a valuable asset to any team and an invaluable resource for fellow veterans. Beyond his professional role, Ryan's commitment to supporting veterans extends to networking and building strong connections within the veteran community. He understands the challenges and unique experiences veterans face and is passionate about creating opportunities for them to succeed in their civilian careers. Ryan's journey from a distinguished Air Force career to his current role as a veteran support facilitator exemplifies the spirit of service, sacrifice, and dedication. His leadership and commitment to helping his fellow veterans make the challenging transition to civilian life is a testament to his character and the values instilled in him during his military service. In every way, Ryan is a shining example of veterans' positive impact on their communities and the unwavering support they provide to their fellow service members. His dedication to guiding PPR's SkillBridge program and veteran networking is a testament to his ongoing commitment to serving others and ensuring a brighter future for those who have served our nation.

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MEET THE HERD

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Heart of our Program

Phoenix

PHOENIX

- Breed -

- Background -

 Phoenix was donated to PPR after

having careers in many different fields of horsemanship. His gentle nature and desire to be engaged helps so many people learn about themselves.

 

- Personality -

Phoenix is friendly, calm and solid with a great sense of humor. 

 

- Fun facts -

Phoenix will wrap his neck around yours for hugs.

Steele

STEELE

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Quarter Horse

 

- Background -

Steele was donated to PPR by a Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy. He was trained for mounted police work, but was did not possess the right temperament for the

career they needed him for.   

- Personality -

Steele is shy and watchful when you first get to know him. As he opens up he comes playful and engaging.

 

- Fun facts -

Steele smiles when being washed and loves to play in water. When he's not providing therapy, he enjoys learning barrels with

his 12 year old rider.

Willow

WILLOW

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Lady

LADY

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Chance

CHANCE

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Paint

- Background -

 Second Chance AKA Chance was

rescued by PPR in April 2020.

He came to PPR emaciated, completely blind and with a grim prognosis. Today he uses his blindness to his advantage by focusing in on his other senses and provides clarity and emotional resilience to those who are drawn to him during treatment.

- Personality -

Chance is calm, inquisitive and always ready to nuzzle

 

- Fun facts -

Chance knows his name and will prance towards you when you call him.

Bear

BEAR

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BitCoin

BITCOIN

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Thoroughbred

- Background -

Bitcoin was introduced into our program in April 2020. He was retired from racing after suffering a career-ending and oftentimes

life-threatening injury.

- Personality -

Bitcoin, is stubborn, loving,

and strong-willed.

- Fun facts -

Bitcoin's registered Jockey Club name is "Wave of the Future"

Red

RED

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Penny

PENNY

- Breed -

Quarter Horse

 

- Background -

Penny is 3 years old and has been at PPR since she was 6 months old. She came from Dunn Rose Farms for the purpose of being trained to be a therapy horse.

- Personality -

Penny is playful, high energy, with little to

no awareness of personal space.

 

- Fun facts -

Penny's best friend is Waffles the donkey and they play chase and she wrestles with him on her knees out in the pasture.

River

RIVER

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Waffles

WAFFLES

- Breed -

Mini Jerusalem Donkey

- Background -

Waffles came to PPR after an incident with goats and his prior owners being unable to keep him. He takes time to earn his love, but the reward of getting to connect with him is worth the wait.

- Personality -

Waffles is withdrawn from people and untrusting. He will watch from afar until he feels its safe to come observe closer.

- Fun facts -

Waffle's protects the herd of

horses from coyotes.

Teddy

TEDDY

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