Terri always had a passion for working with animals and helping others. She grew up in 4-H and did yearly community service activities where she took her animals to school events and nursing homes. Terri was able to see how animals had natural heeling powers and had close bonds with people.
After graduating with her Master's in Social Work, Terri worked a year as a Behavioral Therapist before becoming a School Based Mental Health Therapist for ten years. While she enjoyed her work, in her heart, she felt like there was more that she could to help the clients she worked with.
Then in 2018, her husband got diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer, which came as a shock and rocked her family. At that time, Terri and her husband had three kids under the age of three. While it was a very challenging and difficult time, Terri used her horses to help her understand her complex emotions and feelings. One day Terri was angry, the next she was sad and upset. No one knew what the future held, but Terri needed to be strong for the family. She discovered the true impact of her horses and how they helped her power through life and work through her emotions. They provided an ear as Terri talked to them and they seemed to understand her complex feelings and insecurities. She was able to be the support her family needed during that difficult time because her animals gave her the strength she needed.
Following years of doctor appointments, some glimmers of hope and then a few setbacks, Terri started getting the idea of opening up her farm to others who are hurting and allow them to feel the impact of animals. Terri and her family dealt with other hardships over the years including fertility struggles and loss of close family members and friends. Terri started to realize that she wanted to share her animals and farm with others who are facing hardships or tough times. Even though her family has been through a lot, Terri never gave up hope and kept pushing on. Her husband passed away in December 2021 after a long three and a half year battle with his cancer.
Hope Adventures was formed in 2020 as a farm based mental health practice. It is not a traditional outpatient practice as clients get to be outside and enjoy the sights and smells of farm life. Clients are given the opportunity to do as little or much as they want during sessions. There is always something new happening on the farm and everyday is a new adventure.
Terri hopes to share with others the healing power of her animals and how animals can truly touch one's life. Everyday is a new day and a new beginning. As long as one continues to have hope, better days are ahead.