Sherry Simon-Heldt, M.S.
Licensed Addictions Therapist
Certified Grief Counselor
Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (2004-2012)
Certified Equine Interaction Professional-Mental Health
EAGALA certified (2006-2012)
Certified Holistic Life Coach
Member, Society for Shamanic Practitioners
Sherry practices Mind-Body-Spirit-oriented psychotherapy.
Sherry's involvement with horses began as a young girl, riding each year at summer camp. For years she held to a dream of someday having her own horse, and living in a ranch environment.
That dream became reality when, in 2004, Sherry made the major decision to take in her first horse, Roco, and after that, “life totally shifted,” as she often says. She and her husband,Tim, went on to pursue education and training in the field of equine-integrated psychotherapy & learning, and one-by-one, Cochise, Cabo, and Cisco, and Tonto joined the herd.
Sherry has worked in the counseling field for 25 years in community college, agency, and university settings. Prior to opening her own practice in 2002, she was employed by the University of Arizona, College of Public Health, as a trainer-of-trainers for a statewide addiction cessation program. Sherry works with individuals, couples, and groups in process of addiction recovery, healing childhood sexual trauma, and grief. As an equine-interaction therapist for the past 12 years, Sherry has developed and presented various equine-related workshops and intensives for professionals and clients. She has been a mentor for students interested in the field of equine therapy, served as an equine therapist for a women’s residential treatment facility, developed an equine therapy program at an addiction treatment program in Central America, taught a class on Equine-Interaction Psychotherapy for Pima Community College’s H.E.R.D. Program, and facilitates equine therapy workshops for the Homicide Survivors organization in Tucson. She also spends time in Mexico, where she volunteers teaching English conversation classes and in any other ways she can be of service.
In 2004,Tim was also inspired to be with horses, and now works with Sherry and their herd on the Equine Explorations team.
Certified Equine Professional
The main horses of Equine Explorations:
Roco (Quarter Horse); Cisco (Paint), Cabo (Shetland pony); and Tonto (Appaloosa mini)
In Memoriam: Cochise, our 22-year old Quarter Horse, who Transitioned 11/06/15. During the 9 years he was a member of our herd, he served as a Very Special Teacher for Tim and me, our barefoot trimmer, our friends whom Cochise carried steadily and safely on trail rides, and all the clients and workshop participants who were fortunate to experience his "old-soul wisdom." His Spirit will live always in our Hearts.
Rico, the newest member of our team at 8 weeks (January 2015):
A Mini Australian pup, whose aspirations are to grow up and become a fantastic therapy dog... and accompany the horses on trail rides.
As Rico grew, he developed a special relationship with our Appaloosa mini, Tonto. Hay is (not just) for horses!