Generate and Grow Connection

Staff Bios

Deborah Marshall, MA RCC

Registered Clinical Counsellor
Eponaquest Advanced Facilitator
Pro-EFW  Certified Trainer, Mentor and Practitioner
Certified in EquiLateral – The Equine Assisted EMDR

Change and growth do not have to be painful. I always look to how a person can reconnect with things that are positive and healing, and to the possibilities of developing new resources.

In private practice since 1988, I have both a clinical based practice at Marshall and Associates as well as a farm-based practice at Generation Farms. This combination allows for many possibilities in treatment.


I am interested in approaches that create change beyond talk therapy. Specialties include:

  • EMDR (Certified by EMDRIA)
  • Certified in EquiLateral: Equine Assisted EMDR
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (Pro-EFW  Certified Practitioner, Mentor, Trainer)
  • Resolving trauma
  • Group work with addictions
  • Group therapy

Adding horses to my practice in 2000 allowed the horses to work their own simple magic to help people recover themselves. My work is innovative and flexible as I combine the effectiveness of EMDR, Somatic Psychology, mindfulness, and other methods with the power of horses.

After initial training with EAGALA, I explored the combination of psychotherapy and horses. Study with Linda Kohanov at the Epona Center in Arizona opened many new doors and continues to inform my work. I became an Eponaquest Advanced Instructor in 2006. 

Along with my team we have offered training in Equine Facilitated Wellness for many Equine, Learning and Mental Health Professionals. I am a tri-certified Professional and Trainer with the Professional Association for Equine Facilitated Wellness and sit on the Pro-EFW board as the trainer representative. 

Through the Nanaimo practice of Marshall and Associates, I continue to support my colleagues in our group practice, and to see clients and work with organizations. Treating the effects of trauma became a specialty. People with depression, anxiety, loss, burnout, adjustment to disability and brain injury are all in my area of expertise. Years of Employee Assistance Programs and workplace interventions have given me experience in the workplace and corporate world. A major focus is now mentoring staff and students in the work of EFW.

Deborah is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (#636)

Emily McClure MA 


EC Level One Coach
MA in Counselling Psychology with a specialization in Equine Assisted Mental Health

Emily McClure (formerly Pelletier) has been working in the field of Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW) since 2000. She has a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology with a specialization in Equine Assisted Mental Health from Prescott College in Arizona (2009). As co-founder of the Generation Farms programs, Emily has helped create EFW programs including the HorseEmPower youth program, personal development workshops, group addictions treatment, and professional trainings

Emily brings a thorough understanding of the nervous system and trauma theory to her work and engages the help of the horses to encourage clients to learn body awareness, present moment focus and emotional congruence. She appreciates that a natural setting involving animals makes somatic work accessible to all of her clients. Something that inspires her is the way in which clients become their best selves when in relationship with horses, nature and themselves. Emily has a highly-developed sense of the interrelationship between humans and horses and she is passionate about the healing possibilities and learning opportunities this contains.

A life-long horse person, Emily is a certified Equine Canada riding instructor and has been teaching riding and horsemanship for over 15 years. She has been working with children and youth in EFW programs since 2003.

 Emily has enjoyed mentoring practicum students through VIU’s Child and Youth Care program, of which she is a graduate.

Dr Kimberly Lane; Registered Psychologist (Child, Youth and Family)

We welcome Kimberly to Generation Farms. She joined us in September 2023 to work with children and families. Kim comes with extensive experience in working with families particularly in the area of attachment and parenting. She believes deeply in the child-caregiver connection. Working in nature and with the animals is a wonderful opportunity for regulation and relationship to develop naturally.

Kim is available online as well as onsite. 

Patty Kirk MEd; Learning and Behaviour Specialist

Patty Kirk (MEd) brings many skills to assisting children and families. She developed expertise in attachment through her both her her professional and family experiences. Patty was a Learning Specialist for many years in School District 68, heading a team creating innovative programs, training teachers and supporting children with complex needs and their families. Her training included counselling and communication skills along with her learning focus.  She has worked in equine programs at Cowichan Vally Therapeutic Riding and at Queen Margaret’s School. She is completing her certification in Equine Facilitated Wellness.  
Patty is now available to consult and work with families and children through Generation Farms, bringing together her many skills and her positive orientation. Starting by meeting with the parent, they can create the plan where she can work directly with the child. She is able to work with and without the horses depending on the needs. A special interest of Patty’s is in developing a literacy program for children using the Core Principles of Equine Facilitated Wellness along with her expertise in literacy. 

Sarah Rowse BA CYC; MA (candidate)

Sarah is at Generation Farms in two capacities. She brings her extensive experience in working with children and horses as a Child and Youth Worker.  She is fully certified as a Learning Professional with the Professional Association for Equine Facilitated Wellness. This is an extensive training that results in well qualifed EFW professionals.

Sarah is also now a Counselling Intern in an MA program. As an Intern Sarah is expanding into working with adults with the support of her UVic program as well as onsite supervision.

She has a lifelong passion for animals and believes creating connections to the land, the animals, and each other is essential for a stronger future both personally and for the global community. Sarah utilizes mindfulness, strength-based and person-centered frameworks, and playfulness in her work.   

We are very happy to have her at Generation Farms

Kate Burns MSW Registered Social Worker

Pro-EFW Certified Mental Health Practitioner and Mentor
Certified Hakomi Practitioner

Kate remains a part of our team but is no longer accepting new clients

After completing training in Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW) I joined the Generation Farm team in 2008 and have been a part of the team ever since. Each year, without fail, I experience a deeper appreciation for the innate wisdom and attunement Generation Farm horses bring to their relationships and how that calls forth the same from the people that come here. I am privileged to be able to offer this kind of opportunity to others who are looking for alternative ways to heal, grow and/or deepen their relationships with self, others, and the earth.

The horses have taught me much about working with each person in a collaborative and relational way. I combine those teachings with what I like to call dynamic mindfulness and a strength-based focus. Since becoming a part of the Generation Farm team I have enjoyed contributing to the development and facilitation of a variety of EFW workshops, trainings and counselling. Repeatedly, I’ve seen how, the very challenges that might bring people to Generation Farms, in time, lead them toward discovering strengths and resources either previously unrecognized or not fully tapped.

The nature-based practices are relational processes that are inclusive, experiential, present moment focused and, wherever possible, integrative. They can open a bigger perspective and deepen our interconnections with the rest of nature; linking our own well-being with that of the planet. 

I draw from other approaches and experiences including Hakomi (certified practitioner), self-regulation, sensory and somatic theory.

I am a Registered Social Worker in the British Columbia College of Social Workers and have a Masters Degree in Social Work.d practices;experiential and adult learning principles and more than 25 years in the field of social work – counselling individuals, facilitating groups and workshops, or teaching adults.

CLBC Community Inclusion Team

Since 2015 this group of skilled professionals have provided specialized 1 – 1 and group programs for young adults through Community Living BC. We are very happy to be offering this special service.

Kara Brunt BEd – Community Support Worker

Kara brings her knowledge as a Special Education teacher and her life experience as an involved community member and parent to her role as Community Support Worker. She takes the lead in our Community Inclusion Program that offers services to young adults with cognitive disabilities. 

Alisha Pirart BA – Community Support Worker

Alisha comes from the business world, looking for a career that is working with people and is meaningful. She has found this in the CLBC program. We are happy to have her!