Rehabilitation Specialists


HoneyCreek Counseling has a team of established, experienced therapists with a diversity of expertise and qualifications.

L-R: Emilie Kay, MSW, APSW, Mahleah Calderon Henes, MSW, LCSW, SAC-IT, Mary Harvey, MSE, LPC, CSAC, Traci Gauthier, PhD, LPC, SAC

“Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self-esteem. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls – they give us HOPE!” – Toni Robinson

Mary Harvey MSE, LPC, CSAC

Mary received her Master’s of Science degree in Adult Education with a concentration in Human Services from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville in 2010. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor. A lifelong animal lover, Mary discovered “horse power” while traversing her own personal journey of recovery. Before establishing Honey Creek Counseling and Recovery Services in 2014, Mary worked in both clinical and managerial roles in outpatient private practice. Mary also formerly supervised a specialized team providing crisis services to intellectually and/or developmentally disabled citizens of Milwaukee County. Mary has been certified in the EAGALA model of equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning since 2013 and currently serves as the coordinator for EAGALA’s South Central, WI networking group. Clinical areas of interest include trauma, anxiety disorders, and substance use disorders. Mary works as one of Honey Creek’s mental health professionals.

Mahleah Calderon Henes MSW, LCSW, SAC-IT

Mahleah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Substance Abuse Counselor-In Training. Since graduating with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of WI, Milwaukee in 1998, she has been working primarily with adolescents and young adults struggling with PTSD, suicidal ideation, depression, and anxiety. She has provided services for several years to consumers enrolled in Milwaukee County programs such as Wraparound and Comprehensive Community Services. Mahleah was first certified in the EAGALA model of equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning in 2002 and has several years’ experience utilizing equines to address a variety of mental health diagnoses. Mahleah is passionate about the impact horses can have with helping people on their recovery journey and works with Honey Creek Counseling as a mental health professional.

Traci Gauthier, PhD, LPC, SAC

Traci is a dual-diagnosis licensed professional counselor and substance abuse counselor and has been practicing in the counseling field since 2009. She received her PhD in general psychology in 2017.  Traci specializes in childhood trauma and the impact on the developing brain, resulting in depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD and other mental health and addiction struggles.  Using the Fundamentals of Natural Lifemanship approach, a trauma-focused equine-assisted psychotherapy, has been a great addition in helping her clients calm the brain and develop secure attachments. Traci feels blessed to be a part of this amazing experience and works with Honey Creek Counseling as a Mental Health Professional.

Emilie Kay, MSW, APSW

Emilie received her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Behavior and Mental Health from the University of WI-Milwaukee in 2017 and is licensed as an Advanced Practice Social Worker. Emilie has training and experience in a variety of modalities, including dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, and psycho-education. Areas and populations of interest include children and adolescents and assisting them with obtaining insight and building essential skills to address anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and other behavioral and emotional problems. Emilie has been a life-long animal lover and believes that equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning is a valuable asset for helping clients learn how to establish healthy relationships and gain essential self-knowledge to support and encourage them in their recovery journey. Emilie is employed with Honey Creek Counseling as a Mental Health Professional.

Rehabilitation Specialists

Gretchen Mead, CmHIMP,

As an avid eco-spiritualist, outdoorswoman, and gardener, Gretchen Mead combines years of nature-based experience with her clinical social work career to deliver unique eco-therapy services at Honey Creek Counseling. Gretchen graduated from UW- Milwaukee with an MSW in Behavioral and Mental Health in 2004, and holds a Certificate in Integrative Mental Health. She went on to work in various clinical mental health roles, until launching a nonprofit organization in 2009. During her time at Victory Garden Initiative, she led the development of an urban farm which became a place where food, gardening, and community served as a healing intervention for neighbors who struggled with depression, anxiety, symptoms of trauma and many other behavioral health issues. As a rehabilitation specialist at Honey Creek Counseling, Gretchen delivers a range of therapeutic, ecopsychology-based interventions to help people of all ages with myriad behavioral health needs, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, unhealthy eating habits, executive functioning, trauma-related stressors, women’s issues, life transitions, and holistic wellness. Gretchen’s intervention style includes horticulture therapy, brain-healthy nutrition, and culinary skills, mindfulness, therapeutic yoga, and connecting to nature as a basis for healing the whole person. Gretchen believes that interventions that occur in one’s everyday environment can help develop life-long habits, thus promoting long term wellness.

Jen Cook

Jen Cook became a certified personal trainer in 2003, then continued her studies in Kinesiology, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in 2012. She uses her passion for exercise and fitness to implement her mission to help people. She has been teaching mind-body fitness, including Pilates and Yoga, for more than 15 years and continues to focus on those disciplines for herself and her clients. Her philosophy centers around optimal alignment and mobility, along with honoring the body, as the cornerstone of good health. She treats the individual holistically and whole-heartedly. Jen’s practice is informed by her own path of healing and recovery. She recognizes exercise as a powerful coping strategy for mental health symptoms and strives to share this knowledge with her clients.


L-R: Rebecca John, Jennifer Pape, Molly Kenast

Equine Specialists

Jennifer Pape

Jennifer Pape has over 20 years’ experience working with horses. She is the founder and executive director of Willow Creek Ranch, a therapeutic riding center for children and adults with individuals with special needs. She has experience working with individuals with varying degrees of autism, traumatic brain injury, and other types of cognitive and physical challenges. Jennifer is a PATH International certified therapeutic riding instructor and has been EAGALA certified since 2014. She works with Honey Creek Counseling as an equine specialist.

Molly Kenast

 For as long as Molly can remember she has had a passion for anything and everything involving horses. As a result, she took advantage of every opportunity presented to her to work with equines throughout her life. Over the past 20 years, Molly has worked (and played!) with dozens of different horses in a variety of different settings, including in arenas, on the road, and on the trails. Molly has experience working with horses on the ground, in the saddle, and driving a carriage. She has lived and worked with horses in various states, including Utah, Kansas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Molly’s specific training and experience in the horse industry includes three years of riding lessons, six years working as a driver for two different horse-drawn carriage companies, and working as head wrangler at a summer camp for three summers. In 2015, Molly began volunteering at Willow Creek Ranch where she subsequently met Mary and joined the Honey Creek team as an equine specialist. Molly became EAGALA certified in the spring of 2018.

Becca John

Becca has been interested in horses all of her life. She became a lifelong enthusiast, when at 9 years old, she received her first horse as a Christmas gift. Becca has been involved with horses in one fashion or another for the past 30 years and currently owns a rescued mare that she adopted from the WI Humane Society in Madison. Becca’s experience also includes working for 15 years as a para-educator for the Hartland School District. Becca is a PATH International certified therapeutic riding instructor and became EAGALA certified in 2016. She works with Honey Creek Counseling as an equine specialist.

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Burlington, WI 53105
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