After working with the Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks for 5 years in the Mental Health Clinic, Kim returned to private practice and established this non-profit with her husband, Lonnie. Kim worked directly with Veterans as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor to other clinicians. Heroes & Horses was originally a program she began while working at the VA. Corral Coaching & Counseling is the host site for Heroes & Horses.
Kim Copps, LCSW, is an experienced therapist in private practice. She has multiple certifications including her 2015 training in Advanced Trauma Focused EAP. Kim received her first EAGLA training (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) in 2001 with multiple trainings 2001- 2015.
Janis Gherman Cline, LCSW, joined the VA Mental Health Clinic Staff in 2010 and specializes in PTSD; she had previously worked many years in private practice in Rogers. She has completed many certifications and evidence based therapy trainings and received EAGLA training in 2001 and 2014.
A note from Kim
Many of you know of the nonprofit we established in order to offer services to veterans and their families. The experiential model of therapy we offer is unique and most helpful when traditional talk therapy doesn’t seem to work. Working in the arena with the horses, a veteran recently said that the horse he was working with that “Charlie is my only real relationship.” While this may seem sad, it is a step in the right direction for this young man who served after 9/11, moved back home and tried many types of talk therapy. He managed to complete his degree from U of A without making one friend. Now he wants to work and begin to give back to his community.
After many years of working at the VA, Kim returned to private practice but couldn’t get the veterans and their families out of her heart and mind. She has worked with groups from the VA Mental Health Clinic as well as the PTSD Clinical team for training. The staff is very supportive and would like to make more referrals. Programs like Heroes & Horses are not currently covered under VA benefits.
We understand that you are committed to other organizations who help in wonderful ways. What we ask, is that you consider Heroes & Horses, as a way to assist in providing mental health services to those who really want to improve their lives and get back into society as productive citizens. We are committed to working with veterans and their families so that they can readjust to civilian life, to learn healthy relationship skills and make choices that benefit their families for their lifetime.