hope for you is that you will feel safe and respected so that we can work
together to help you find freedom from the struggles you are facing. I am
committed to finding creative and grace filled solutions so you can experience
joy and freedom again. I utilize a Christian approach in my work but I am
respectful of all faiths and journeys. Because I am committed to finding ways to help you get "unstuck", I offer a unique combination of traditional and alternative therapies. More traditionally, comprehensive Assessment and Diagnostic services, ADD and ADHD Testing, Coaching, Tutoring, and Traditional Counseling Services for Individuals, Children, Teens, Families and Couples struggling with marriages are offered in office. But in addition to these, I integrate alternative approaches such as art, play and
equine assisted psychotherapy for those who do not respond well to traditional therapy .
Reins is the division of my practice that provides alternative therapy to individuals, couples, groups,
and families therapy using horses. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is a type of psychotherapy that
uses horses to help provide an experience of change. Rather than talk about
change or retell difficult experiences, Hope Reins offers opportunities to try new and
creative solutions to the patterns in your life that is causing the“stuckness”.
Your strengths and weaknesses quickly emerge without the need to talk about it.
When what you are doing doesn't work, the horses give immediate and clear
feedback. They don't lie. Horses are particulary good at giving feedback about
leadership, social skills, communication, boundaries and one’s body language. This offers you
or your loved one real life opportunities to work on core emotional skills that
research shows leads to success. (All activities are ground based, no riding or
Debra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with
over 25 years of experience in the field of mental health. She graduated from
University of Illinois with Honors in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in
Psychology. Between her undergraduate and graduate training, she worked as an
Addictions Counselor and then as an
Adolescent Mental Health Counselor.
Her passion for children and teens led her back to school to
marital and family therapy at UIC. In 1990, Debra graduated with Honors from
Jane Addams College of Social Work. Having an unwavering desire to provide therapy that was effective, Debra began to explore alternative therapies to help those clients she felt she wasn't reaching. She began to integrate art therapy and discovered wilderness and equine assisted psychotherapy. In October 2003, she earned her certification from EAGALA as a Clinical Specialist in Equine Assisted
Psychotherapy and founded Hope Reins.
While Debra loves being a therapist, the truth is that she really, really loves being a wife to her husband of 27 years and a mother to her three teen girls. They along with a sweet mutt named Juliet and a fiesty little kitty named Jasmine live in an old Victorian that is forever being "fixed up". She attends Willow Creek Community Church and is wildly grateful that Jesus loves her and never gives up on fixing her up either.
Debra K. Hirschberg ReachesHampshire IL