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This is Stephanie

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Three Horses



Stephanie is the founder of Hope Reins Christian Counseling Center. She has a passion for helping people and animals alike, and feels incredibly blessed by the opportunity to carry out the dream of combining the two in her daily work. Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN and master’s degree from Winona State University. Stephanie is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of MN. In the summer of 2022 she completed specialized training and certification from the EAGALA Network in the field of equine assisted psychotherapy. Stephanie specializes in working with children, teens, and families on any number of topics such as anxiety, depression, parenting skills and support, self-esteem, gender related struggles, family changes, grief/loss, and so on.

Therapist Stephanie


Gideon is a graduate level intern at Hope Reins. He is currently working toward his master’s degree in clinical Mental Health Counseling through the graduate program at Bethany Lutheran College, after previously receiving his bachelor's degree in psychology from Bethany Lutheran College as well. Gideon integrates faith into the counseling process, as he takes a holistic approach to client care. Gideon has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

Therapist Gideon
Horse Cole


Cole is the youngest, and often goofiest, member of the Hope Reins herd. He brings the fun to the party, and often forgets he is a 1700 pound horse rather than a 20 pound puppy dog. Cole will do just about anything for a treat, especially if he can smell an apple or peppermint within reach. Cole is known to have a limited attention span. He is still learning patience, and occasionally needs to be reminded of personal space and appropriate boundaries, although is quick to ‘apologize’ when he crosses a line. He has a natural ability to create learning opportunities within a safe environment during therapy sessions, and is quickly and easily loved by those he meets.

Horse Cobalt


Cobalt is the newest member of our herd. He is a gentle giant, who was once a competitive jumper until an injury ended his jumping career. Cobalt is a ‘go with the flow’ kind of guy who generally appears as calm and cool as his piercing blue eyes. Outwardly, he shows a more serious demeanor, and will make others work to gain his trust through consistent kindness and patience. In the therapy arena, Cobalt is trustworthy, kind, and alert. He has a heart equal to if not bigger than his physical size, and shows remarkable allegiance to anyone he deems worthy of his trust.

Horse Cody


Cody is the leader of the herd at Hope Reins. He is wise, confident, patient, and an all around gem of a guy! The level of insight and understanding Cody brings to therapy sessions is simply amazing! Cody was diagnosed several years ago with a condition called navicular, which causes constant pain in his front feet and legs. For many horses this condition can mean the end of the road. Cody is living proof that ailments do not determine our worth, nor do they get to limit our quality of life. He is a wonderful example of perseverance and a positive attitude in the face of adversity for all who get to know him.

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