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RORY

Clinical Counselor

Rory is passionate about the healing power of Art, dance, horses, and nature.  Before attending graduate school, Rory worked for seven years creating and implementing therapeutic arts and nature-based community programs for youth in crisis in Santa Cruz, CA.  The programs aimed to provide direct services, resources, and support to youth survivors of domestic violence and community violence.  Additionally, Rory helped to develop and present violence prevention curriculum, sexual health education, and include LGBTQ diversity to middle and high schoolers, and teachers and care providers across the county.  These efforts led him to collaborate with local horse ranch and rescue organizations which gave him the opportunity to first witness the healing magic of horses.  Rory enrolled in graduate school at JFKU's Holistic Counseling Psychology program to learn and research about Expressive Arts and Somatic approaches to treating trauma-related mental health issues.  I just finished a year long clinical internship working with youth transitioning out of hospitalization for mental health crisis including self harm and suicidality.

How would you describe Zenerosity in three words?

  • Horse Heart Medicine                          

What special gifts, talents, uniqueness do you bring to the depth and diverse richness of the Zenerosity team?

  • Professional and lived experience related to working with youth in crisis.  LGBTQ cultural competencies and sensitivity.  Training in somatic, expressive arts, and dance movement therapies. 

 What is the best part of working with Zenerosity?

  • Witnessing daily, the powerful, healing magic of the herd transform clients and inspire growth, connection, and joy.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

  •  "What I thought was an end, turned out to be a middle.  What I thought was a brick wall, turned out to be a tunnel.  What I thought was an injustice, turned out to be a color of the sky." - Tony Hoagland, American Poet

 If you could describe yourself in three songs what would they be?

  • The B-52s "Rock Lobster", Tina Turner "The Rain", Bjork "It's In Our Hands"

 What is your superpower?

  • Transmuting pain into joy through art, dance, comedy, and connection with animal companions.

 What would your dream world look like?

  • Pastoral Iceland where the magic of Nature still lives in harmony with humanity.