Becky Cort

Becky’s Journey to Becoming a Counselor

As far back as I can remember, I have wanted to work in a helping profession. In the course of my undergraduate study, I became interested in providing emotional support to others and completed a bachelor’s of science degree in psychology. As I neared completion of my undergraduate degree, my mother was diagnosed with Leukemia and underwent bone marrow transplant. It was through her transplant social worker that I learned of social work as a profession and decided to pursue a Master of Social Work degree. In the graduate setting, I specialized in work with children, teens and families. Since completing my education, I have obtained 27 years of experience as a clinical social worker in various healthcare settings, including school-based mental health and pediatric oncology social work. Most recently, I have worked as a grief counselor in a hospice setting, providing support to teens, young adults, adults and older adults.
Paralleling my educational path, was my long-term love and appreciation for horses. Having owned horses, I am very aware of the connection and presence that they bring to their relationships. I am especially committed to pairing my two passions—helping others and partnership with horses—in my service to those in need.

Becky’s Approach to Counseling

As a clinician, I tend to embrace a client-centered and strengths-based framework guided by Gestalt theory. I believe that my main roles are companion and guide for my clients. Companion in the sense that I see counseling as a partnership based in trust and with the goal of accessing my client’s inner wisdom for healing. I am a guide in the sense that I am dedicated to ensuring knowledgeable, compassionate care aimed at equipping those whom I support with the skills necessary for navigation of the challenges of life. I feel that these goals are best achieved when provided in a safe, supportive environment. Connection with horses and nature offers such safety and support through their non-judgmental witness and present moment focus.

Desired Specialties

I am interested in working with children, adolescents, and adults in the areas of:

  • Grief and loss–grief education, support and suggestions for healthy coping encourage
    adaptation to life after loss.
  •  Equine assisted therapy—horses encourage us to become more self-aware through modeling
    how to live in the here and now.
  • Spirituality–connection with horses and nature help us to connect with our Divine spark and the
    support that this awareness provides.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology—Wofford College, SC
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work—University of Georgia
  • Certified Gestalt Equine Psychotherapist—Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies