Beth Swanson

From:
Lubbock, Texas

With Mending Fences Since:
3 months

Been In The Industry:
28 1/2 years

Credentials:
MSN, RN, CARN, CAC

Why They Chose This Field:
I have always wanted to be in a position to help people. I am where I am at today because people were gracious enough to reach out to me, many years ago, during my struggles with addiction and love me when I couldn’t love myself. I want to give back and let others know that no matter how far down the path they have gone that there is always hope.

What They Enjoy Most About Their Position:
Interacting with the clients and watching the light come back in their eyes.

Favorite Things About Mending Fences Are:
The beautiful landscape, the sunset, my coworkers and the horses!

The Reason I Enjoy Working With The Clients At Mending Fences Is:
It’s amazing watching the changes that they go through and the transformation they go through. Going from hopeless to hopeful is a beautiful journey to watch.

If They Have One Story They Would Like To Share About An Experience Or Anything That Has To Do With Mending Fences It Would Be Great:
When I first started working at mending fences I knew very little about horses. The equine therapist Dr. Sokolov and the equine trainer Terri C. taught me how to approach a horse and how to handle the horses. Little did I know that a couple of weeks later I would use those same skills, as I was driving to work, to help bring a horse back to his ranch. The horse had managed to get out of the front gate to the ranch where he lived and was walking in the street. I was scared he was going to get hit by a car so I pulled my truck over and called the horse, guiding him back to the front gate until the neighbors came and called the owner. I’m a small woman and this horse was huge. Using those skills I was taught helped me to stay calm and help the horse not to see me as a threat, therefore trusting me in getting him to a safe place. It was an amazing experience I won’t ever forget!

If I could say one thing that would make people understand what an incredible program Mending Fences is it would be:
The process the clients go through in learning to trust; they begin with a horse they connect with and learn through working with that horse, the process of trust and learning how to set healthy boundaries…not only with others but with themselves.

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