Michelle Tocher continued...
Michelle was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She completed her Master's of Education in School and Applied Child Psychology at the University of Calgary and is a registered psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists.
Before becoming a psychologist, Michelle worked as a teacher for the Calgary Board of Education and various rural school divisions in southern Alberta. Working as a teacher allowed Michelle to gain insight into the diversity of students requiring support in our education system. Michelle has dedicated her life to improving the lives of children by advocating for inclusion and building the capacity of teachers and administrators in their understanding of mental health and universal design in education. Michelle specializes in psycho-educational assessments for children, adolescents and young adults. In addition, she can complete ADHD and capacity assessments.
Michelle is experienced in treating: anxiety, depression, behavioural and emotional regulation concerns, social skills and trauma. She is trained in Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Accelerate Resolution Therapy (ART) and Equine Assisted Wellness.
Why Equine Assisted Wellness? Although Michelle’s love of horses started as a little girl, her journey with them only started three short years ago. Like riding, life is a process of continual learning and often a humbling journey. Like working with horses, when things in life are not working well, we often have to change our behaviour or approach to see a desired change.
How do horses help? Horses are prey animals and, therefore, very in tune with their environment and the people around them. They provide increased awareness, allowing us to observe our behaviours more closely and understand how these may impact our lives. Equine Assisted Wellness provides a safe space to explore emotions and build resilience and connection through activities with horses. A session may include activities like grooming horses or joining in the horse’s daily routines, ground and liberty work. It is an opportunity for mental, emotional, and physical growth.
The power of Equine Assisted Wellness lies in its non-judgmental and compassionate approach, allowing us to be present with ourselves and our emotions.