Equine-Assisted Activities include two main “buckets” Mental Health and Learning – both with growing university degree programs and professional development educational opportunities. Mental Health (sometimes called Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy or EAP) is a growing field with increasing research to support the efficacy of this powerful treatment modality. Kaleidoscope team includes dually trained (horse specialist and mental health professional) co-facilitators Amber Burkhardt-Sidebottom LMSW and Stacie Johnson, LMSW.
AMBER BURKHARDT-SIDEBOTTOM, LMSW
Amber is a licensed clinical social worker and mental health counselor in Manchester, Michigan with over 10 years of experience in the mental health field. She has been a serious equestrian for nearly 30 years, competing at the national level for many of those years. The true gift in her horse experience comes from opportunities to observe and interact with the horses and learn from those experiences. Her passion is sharing similar opportunities to learn and grow from horse experiences with others by providing mental health counseling.
Amber’s therapeutic background includes cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy. mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and solution-oriented therapies. She is EAGALA Certified as both the mental health specialist and the equine specialist. As an independent contractor, she has been providing equine assisted growth and learning opportunities for the past 8 years with Kaleidoscope Learning Circle and her private practice, Bridgewater Support Services, LLC, located in Manchester, MI. She also works for the University of Michigan Health Systems in the Medical and Psychiatric Emergency Services for Children and Adults and works as a case manager with Saint Jospeh Mercy Chelsea Hospital. Her clinical focus includes working with children, adolescents, and young adults with anxiety and depression, adjustment, suicidal ideation, grief and loss issues, relationship concerns, and mood and behavior concerns.
Stacie Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in practice for over 20 years in Michigan. She has been a life long horse lover who is a third generation owner and breeder of Arabian horses. Stacie has been truly blessed to be able to combine the two passions of her life in Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning.
Stacie has experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and solution focused therapy. She has worked extensively in the field of addiction aniety, depression, and PTSD. Stacie has worked with a variety of populations including family and children, veterans, and corrections. She is currently in private practice running a day treatment program with an experiential and equine component and doing individual, family, and marriage counseling.
JAYNA WEKENMAN, MA
Hi, my name is Jayna. I consider myself a creative risk taker and lifelong learner.
I completed my Masters in Education, in Equine Assisted Experiential Learning from
Prescott College in 2011.
I currently work at Ferris State University as their Adventure Coordinator, and I travel,
assisting in Equine Assisted programming nationwide.
I’m working on some projects involving engagement, “work,” and our 4-legged friends.
Dr. Tracy Weber, founded Kaleidoscope to combine her lifelong passions for horses and human development. Competency-based and learner-centered process are what distinguish KLC as a premier provider and our customization provide opportunities for just about any type of learning or training experience. Get acquainted with Tracy through her TEDxSVSU talk, “Horse Wisdom for the Human World.