Ranch Hand Rescue expands its counseling program

Bob Williams

The Counseling Center at Ranch Hand Rescue is expanding to include a clinical director and a bilingual therapist. Cathy Champ, MA, LPC-S, LSOTP, former Clinical Director of the Children’s Advocacy for Denton County, joined RHR May 1 to coordinate our clinical department in addition to seeing clients. Cathy is experienced in directing a large, trauma-focused counseling center with 20 plus years as a therapist using play therapy, child/parent relationship training, sand tray work, cognitive behavioral therapy and other modalities to successfully work with children, adolescents and adults with a variety of issues. She is a licensed professional counselor supervisor with a certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, advanced training in Equine Assisted Therapy through Natural Lifemanship and offers the choice of faith- based counseling. Cathy will manage the clinical team at Ranch Hand Rescue and lead our team to continue to develop a “best in class” trauma informed counseling center.

Rebeca Mata, LPC-S, NCC recently joined Ranch Hand Rescue and is a bilingual licensed professional counselor supervisor and nationally certified counselor trained in working with children, adults and families with a variety of issues. She is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) with years of experience in working with victims of sexual and physical abuse. She is a trained play therapist who specializes in working with children and teens who have experienced trauma and other struggles. She is a therapist that utilizes filial therapy, group play therapy, sand tray therapy techniques, group therapy and other methods to effectively work with children, adolescents and adults. Rebecca is experienced in facilitating therapy groups and working successfully with parents who are struggling with diverse issues. She has worked with children and adults with intellectual disabilities and mental health disorders and has basic training in equine assisted therapy through Natural Lifemanship and is trained in animal assisted therapy through Pet Partners. She is experienced in supervising LPC Interns and provides counseling services in Spanish.

Both have training in equine and animal assisted counseling and use trauma informed methods in the barnyard and in their offices. Bob Williams, CEO and founder of RHR states, “We have so many organizations and individuals asking for our help that we needed to add additional personnel. With Cathy and Rebeca joining us we are able to take our counseling program to the next level.” RHR is a farm animal rescue that takes critical needs cases, an animal sanctuary for special needs animals and a counseling center that uses these formerly abused and neglected animals in therapy with children and adults. All therapists at RHR have advanced training to work with those that have experienced trauma along with equine and other animals in therapy. They see clients with a variety of issues using both traditional and innovative techniques including EMDR, play therapy, nature therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and faith based counseling. The peaceful setting of the Ranch is a wonderful place for hope and healing. For more information, check out our website at  www.ranchhandrescue.org.