Callie Maron (she/her), MA, LPCC
I am passionate about helping clients discover their own inherent wisdom, creativity, and resilience, and find a sense of belonging and clarity in themselves, their communities, and the Earth. My years of experience working with nature, sitting with elders and their loved ones through the end-of-life process, and the sometimes challenging time leading up to this transition, have humbled me into a groundedness in the human experience that I believe we can all return to. As we journey together in a safe and compassionate therapeutic space, we can explore, understand, and send love to your vulnerabilities, fears, sources of shame, and the shadowy corners that benefit from a grounded companion to tread through. In sessions, whether in the client’s home, the office, a natural setting, or online, I offer practical skills and knowledge informed by neuroscience interwoven with evidence-based therapeutic approaches rooted in Internal Family Systems, attachment theory, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy while maintaining a collaborative and mindful presence, and connection with our somatic experiences in the present moment. At our core, each of us possess the wisdom and deep knowing of the ancient mountains, and the resilience of the alpine forests–we just need an invitation to let these parts of us lead.
Kristina Benson (she/her), MA, LPCC
My passion lies in walking alongside people as they travel through the messy realities of being human. I work with people navigating major life changes, grappling with a painful loss, or longing to understand their emotions and sensations. I can help you tend to your relationships and develop healthier communication skills. I provide support through steady, calm, and attuned connection. I will take time to hear your story and fully understand your intentions so that we can focus on what is most important to you. I view therapy as a collaborative process, and I thoroughly enjoy working with people who are committed to their growth. My work stems from an understanding that our minds and bodies are inherently intertwined and that we must form a symbiotic relationship between them. As a nature-based therapist, I invite sensory awareness, mindfulness, and creative experiments into sessions. I am also trained in EMDR therapy – an incredibly impactful, evidence-based method for reprocessing traumatic experiences. My approach also utilizes somatic therapy, attachment theory, ecopsychology, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and non-violent communication. I have a special affinity for supporting those who identify as Empaths or Highly Sensitive People (HSPs). I believe that asking for help is courageous, and I consider it a privilege to be able to engage in this work together.
Kathy Emery, MA, LPC, graduated in 1980 from the Naropa University’s Masters in East- West Psychology program and has been involved with the Windhorse approach to working with others since the beginning of the model in 1981. In addition, she has been an Adjunct Faculty member since 1982 at Naropa in several of the Psychology Departments as well as the Masters In Divinity program in recent years. She is committed to bringing the Contemplative view of care and therapy into her work with individuals and groups as well as through her teaching and writing.
Michelle Pelc, MA, NLC, has been been with Windhorse Elder Care since May 2014. She earned her Masters degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in 2010. She has 8+ years of professional and personal experience working in long term care, adhering to a holistic approach while attending to the emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing of her clients. Her varied experience working with seniors who have physical and mental disabilities, as well as end-of-life care needs, affords her insight into the complexity of the challenges for this population and how to approach them, as well as a solid knowledge base of community resources. As a Windhorse Team Leader, she is passionate about using her ability to build relationship and provide guidance, education, and therapeutic interventions to support and empower seniors, families, and care staff.
“My wife had dementia and needed to be placed in a memory care community in Louisville.
The Windhorse Care partners cared for my wife with compassion, patience and understanding. I felt Christine was safe and engaged and the team brought a person centered approach and contemplative practice. They were a special group.
The team meetings were always about how best to provide for Christine. WEC worked closely with the care community staff to compliment the care from both groups.
I think the most surprising part of this experience was how engaged WEC was from intake, supervision, team leadership, companions to the caregiver support group.” – Harry Lindmark