Saddle Of Love

Changing Lives 

Saddle of Love is a 501(c)(3), non-profit Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy program located in Park City, Utah.  Our mission is to instill trust, self- love, and life coping skills to youth through Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy. 

 

 

 
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Who We Serve

Saddle of Love serves ages 8-24 who struggle with low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, anger management, abuse, trauma, autism, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, neglect, bullying, family problems, adoption, foster care or lack of self-love.  According to the CDC, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-24.  We start at age 8 for early intervention before children enter their tween years, when risks increase. Our long term vision is to teach at-risk young people to be mentally healthy and to love themselves. 

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What We Do

Saddle of Love partners with horses for the exploration of self - awareness, connection, confidence and love to gain new perspectives on life. Participants will attend one hour sessions, once weekly, for either 7 0r 14 week programs.  Each session will be led by a licensed psychotherapist who is also a certified equine interaction specialist  teaching psychotherapy techniques and horsemanship skills. Participants can sign up for continued sessions once they complete the initial 7 or 14 weeks.  There are also several group opportunities in order to foster positive friendships. We offer group culinary classes, summer camps, gardening and volunteer work to spend time with the animals. 

Building Social Connectedness

    CDC research has found that social connectedness serves as a protective factor that promotes positive mental health. 

Summer Camps

We are offering group summer camps June 2021

for ages 8-18. 

"The cooking experience with Chef Olivia for Peter brought him good energy to the point where he now likes to experiment, and cook things, at home. Being exposed to cooking like you’ve done has been good for him and opened up that new frontier for him".  ~ J.K.

Volunteer Work

"Volunteering at SOL is a blast! They make me feel comforatable with every animal. Its nice to be outside with nature and other teens and knowing I am helping a worthy cause" ~ K.F. 

Cooking Classes

 

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"No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle".

~ Winston Churchhill

 

The Team

 

Season Cain, LCSW, CEIP

Founder/President, Psychotherapist

Certified Equine Interaction Mental Health Specialist, CEIP

Season was born on a farm in Utah with many horses that she learned to ride and care for at a young age. Although a farm girl at heart, she left Utah and earned a BA in Social Work at San Francisco State University. Season then went on to receive her MS in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University in New York. She holds Board Certification as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and she has over 20 years of experience providing mental health services. Season is also a certified Equine Interaction Mental Health Specialist. 

Alejandra Lara, ESMHL

Certified Equine Specialist, ESMHL

Alejandra is a native of the mountains of Chile, where her lifelong partnership with horses began. She brings ten years of experience in the equine based learning field in the US. She is founder and owner of Park City Horse Experience LLC, as well as founder and EAL Coordinator of the Equine Assisted Learning Program {EAL}. She is a credentialed by Path International as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor and an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL).

Olivia D'Agostino

Director of Culinary & Gardening

Chef

Olivia was raised in Park City, Utah and has always had a love for cooking. She had a dream of becoming a chef at a young age. Olivia is a young entrepreneur. She opened Duke's catering business at age 19. She attended Park City's Culinary Institute where she earned her certification in Culinary Arts. She has a passion for organic self-sustaining farm life, cooking, gardening and animals.

"Saddle of Love is the most amazing program and Season Cain is the most amazing therapist.  Season’s natural ability to connect with children is a true gift.  Add, her natural ability to connect with horses and merge the two, to help individuals, is pure magic. We have seen what Saddle of Love has done for our daughter and see the absolute value it could have for other children, especially in this time of COVID-related mental health effects. We owe so much to Season and her amazing program Saddle of Love".  ~ E.R.

Testimonials

"SOL is such an incredible means of helping individuals who struggle with a range of issues in a unique and beneficial way. My daughter struggles with anxiety, and this program has helped teach her how to deal with her feelings in a calm and effective manner. This program is unlike any other, and Season truly has a gift for helping individuals cope with their struggles. You can tell she truly cares about her clients". ~S.P.  

"As an educator, School psychologist, mother, and community member, I cannot recommend this organization highly enough.  This is a piece of mental health that has been missing in our community.  SOL offers a safe place for our most vulnerable population of children, teens, and young adults.  Somewhere to go for one on one therapy, horse therapy, or to "volunteer" just needing a safe sound place to spend time in nature with horses and a "mom" who is always home and available".  ~ L.M.  

 

Board of Advisors

Jim Krejci

Jim has 25 years experience in financial and executive leadership position with for-profit and non-profit organizations. He has expertise translating business strategy into shareholder value, increasing corporate value, and with non-profits achieving donor goals. His 
501(c)(3) experience includes helping found Global Giving. Global giving has now achieved over $450 million for 25,000+ micro-projects around the world. As Global giving's founding CFO, Jim focused on raising capital and donations, regulatory compliance, and financial statement preparation. While living in Russia for 6 years, Jim was CFO of TV3, a nationwide Russian TV network. TV3's valuation grew from $95m, to a $700m sale; as CFO of a global clinical research organization Jim developed and led implementation of a strategy that grew corporate valuation from $2m to $41m+. He holds an MBA in International Finance, and a BA in History and Economics.

Dr. Jennifer Cassatly

Dr. Cassatly has over 15 years of experience providing individual and family therapy, as well as psycho-educational assessments with children, adolescents, and adults. She utilizes Animal-Assisted Therapy with her clients. She has extensive training and expertise in treating symptoms of anxiety/depression, academic challenges, and low self-esteem. Dr. Cassatly has been and remains committed to community service and has been involved in A Home Within, Venice Family Clinic, and The Housing and Education Program at the YMCA. Jennifer earned a BA in Major- Psychology from University of Miami, a MA in Counseling from Seton Hall University and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in California.

Jeffrey Cain

Jeff currently manages a Solar Energy Division of Farmland Reserve Inc. ("FRI"). He has over fifteen years of finance, business development, construction and management experience. He worked in executive management positions for various solar energy companies including Martifer Solar USA and PermaCity Solar Inc.  Previously, he was a co-founder of Camden Capital Management LLC and a Principal and Senior Trader at Klein Investment Group. Jeff was also Analyst in the Strategic Planning and Business Development department of Deutsche Bank. Jeff holds a BS in Business Administration from Long Island University, C.W. Post.

 
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Contact

Contact Saddle of Love to learn more about our program, how you can enroll, volunteer and/or donate. All donations are tax deductible and your support will make scholarships available for low income at-risk youth.

For more information please complete the form below or email: saddleoflove@gmail.com

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