SCC Aids CCLS with Solution to Continue Equine Therapy Services

Stanly Community College (SCC) has entered into an agreement with Creative Counseling & Learning Solutions (CCLS) to lease property to CCLS on a yearly basis, beginning January 1, 2020. CCLS is a community based counseling practice, located in Albemarle, offering creative and collaborative counseling services for children, adolescents, individual adults, couples, and families with interventions to assist clients with emotional, behavioral, familial, relational, social and academic needs. CCLS also offers specialized treatment through Equine (horse-assisted therapy), Canine, and Feline programs.

With the addition of the leased acreage, CCLS will now meet the established ordinance by the City of Albemarle that requires two acres per horse (§ 81.02 Conditions to Keeping Horses; City of Albemarle Ordinance). SCC’s lease agreement with CCLS will have funds designated to SCC’s Foundation for scholarships.

Dr. John Enamait, President, Stanly Community College, stated, “Stanly Community College is pleased to help Creative Counseling & Learning Solutions keep their Equine Therapy program operating. We support the incredible work that CCLS and their staff does for our community and those in need. The College looks forward to establishing a successful scholarship program through CCLS for deserving students studying in the Human Services field.”

Laura Harbeson, PhD, MS, NCC, NCSC, LPSC, Director/Lead Therapist for Creative Counseling & Learning Solutions, stated, “My two horses, Sage and Saffron, are an intricate part of my counseling practice. They assist me in helping many of my clients, with diverse needs, in various ways. I have obtained certifications in equine-assisted therapy, parent-child interaction therapy, and have extended my expertise in working with people that have experienced complex trauma, including human trafficking and high profile trauma cases. I am extremely excited about this opportunity to collaborate with SCC. This partnership will not only allow my horses more space to graze, but will also fund scholarships for students studying within the Human Services field.”

“Laura Harbeson has worked with the Human Services Technology program at SCC for years,” noted Kara Finch, MA, HS-BCP, Program Head Human Services Technology. “We are able to use her services as a WorkBased Learning site for our students to participate in semester long internships. Our students are able to learn more about the counseling atmosphere, confidentiality, and interactions with clients. We currently have a student interning at Creative Counseling this semester. Laura has served on the Human Services Advisory Board for many years and provides a great deal of advising for our programs. She is an asset to our advisory board,” said Kara

CCLS, along with Esther House, collaborated with SCC Human Services department last summer to provide a trauma camp for children ages 6 to 17 years old who have experienced trauma. The camp not only provided services to these children, but also provided SCC students with an opportunity to volunteer and learn more about trauma and counseling services.

“I can’t speak highly enough about Laura, her staff, and the services that they provide to our community. We are blessed to have these services in our county,” added Kara.

Dr. Harbeson facilitates an approach to counseling with a situational and developmental understanding that can include a variety of creative techniques, such as art therapy, outdoor/activity therapy, animal-assisted therapy, equine-assisted therapy, music therapy, or play therapy, as well as cognitive-behaviorally based when appropriate. Dr. Harbeson works with clients ages 3 and up. Specializations include working with those that have experienced domestic violence, sexual and physical abuse, human trafficking, complex trauma, trauma (personal or vicarious), self-injury, anxiety, parenting, sexual identity related concerns, selfesteem issues, and professional growth.

As reported by Mental Health America, Addressing Trauma in Youth, “Trauma-impacted youth experience trouble with their teachers and oftentimes engage in fights with other children. With the increasing number of children who are impacted by trauma, there is a growing demand for mental health support services.”

For more information about Creative Counseling & Learning Solutions, please visit their website at To learn more about the Human Services programs at SCC, please visit our website at

Saffron And Sage

Therapy Horses Saffon & Sage