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kandis cazenave

Program Therapist

     Originally from south Louisiana, Kandis grew up loving the outdoors, animals, and sports. She raised and showed Boer goats through 4-H, learned the value and fulfillment of hard work on a small farm, and competed in swimming, soccer, and softball throughout her life. She went on to attend Mississippi State University where she studied wildlife biology, ecology, many different wildlife species—including bears, bats, wolves, deer, snakes, snails, songbirds, and turkeys—and gained unique wilderness and backcountry skills.
    After 5 years of wildlife work, she developed an interest in helping people through experiences in nature. Kandis chose to pursue this passion by earning both her Master of Science degree in equine-assisted therapy and Master of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Texas Tech University. Her graduate research focused on designing horsemanship programs to encourage mental health and wellness in people who experience PTSD, TBI, anxiety, depression, and other trauma-related symptoms, as well as chronic pain, obesity, family struggles, and general stress. She is now a proud therapist in the state of Idaho.
    Through her graduate programs, Kandis has earned professional certifications in equine-assisted mental health as a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning with PATH, International. She has published articles in the Freshwater Science journal, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship’s STRIDES Magazine, the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, and has authored a pilot study examining the effects of a therapeutic riding program on military veterans’ mental health and wellbeing. She is also a certified therapy dog handler with Alliance of Therapy Dogs.
    Kandis has lived and worked in 6 different states but considers Idaho her home and favorite of them all. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her partner and dogs, hiking, camping, rock climbing, fly fishing, horseback riding, snowboarding, practicing yoga, and enjoying live music. She believes her unique skills and interests can help her to assist students in finding their strengths, experiencing greater enjoyment in their lives, and building more confidence. She is excited to pair counseling with outdoor adventures as part of the Integrated Team!

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