Salmon Arm, Thompson-Okanagan

Tammy Thielman BSW MSW RSW

Salmon Arm, Thompson-Okanagan

Tammy Thielman BSW MSW RSW at Town and Country Counselling and Wellness provides farm-based clinical mental health counselling for children as young as four years old. Children, youth, adults and families living with complex trauma and exceptional needs get to experience trauma-informed counselling in a peaceful purpose-built cabin that is surrounded by horse corrals and trees, on Larch Hills in Salmon Arm, in the BC Interior. Tammy specializes in equine and animal-assisted counselling: horses, some bunnies and friendly farm sheep and lambs are there for clients to interact and connect with. TCC clients can enjoy being out in nature, moving around or just sitting in fresh mountain air, while working on healing. Tammy supports many individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, behavioural issues and mental health needs. Tammy has advanced post-graduate training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and offers play-based EMDR for children as well as EMDR for adults. Tammy's farm-based program is unique in the Interior and is a beautiful, peaceful place in nature for healing.

1 Employees

In Business Since 2018

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Best Solopreneur

What motivated you to start your business? What challenges did you overcome as a Solopreneur?

Helping children, youth, adults and families living with complex trauma, behavioural issues and mental health needs to get treatment and support really inspired me to start my own private practice. Having worked in public healthcare systems, I saw that there is a need for individualized, trauma-informed, compassionate proactive mental health support. My love of animals, especially horses, inspired me to begin advanced training in equine and animal assisted counselling. My farm is a beautiful and peaceful setting for those in need to access equine and animal assisted counselling provided by a registered Masters-level clinician. I am passionate about helping children, youth and adults connect with animals (if they choose this as part of their treatment) in a calm, natural setting. I offer outdoor-based counselling (eco-therapy) but also have a purpose-built cabin that is a quiet, welcoming non-clinical indoor space that people find very relaxing and calming to be in. Incorporating the outdoors, animals and best practices in mental health that I can offer is a wonderful way to offer healing to all ages.

Why do you deserve to win the Best Solopreneur award?

Offering mental health and wellness support for young children ages 4 and up, as well as to youth, adults and families my way of being of service to others. I appreciate that many other solopreneurs also deserve this award! I am thanking my family, friends, colleagues and mentors (as well as the animals on my farm and in my program) for helping me to deliver the best support we can to those in need. Thank you!

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