The Bear Spot Foundation for Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy was established in 2004 to provide therapeutic services to children, adolescents and their families. Jane is the owner and head trainer at Bear Spot Farm, and the program director of the foundation. As a psychotherapist with extensive experience treating children and adolescents, and Grand Prix dressage rider she is in a unique position to bring the profound presence of the horse into a directed therapeutic experience.
The foundation works most primarily with childhood psychiatric presentations including, but not limited to, mood disorders (depression, bi-polar disorder), ADD/ADHD, anorexia, and concerns related to low self-esteem, separation and loss and anxiety disorders.
The Foundation's work is made possible through the support of individuals and foundations. The Bear Spot Foundation is particularly grateful to the Justice Resource Institute for its generosity. Most families who receive support do so at little to no cost. You can learn more about the therapy horses here and the foundation here.
*Ms. Karol is psychotherapist and not a psychologist, and as such she is not licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.