Introducing HATT

Horses and Teens Together (HATT) is a 9 week program for young women (preteen and teen) that Healthy Strides is starting this summer on Fridays to: build character, discuss positive body image, learn to lay healthy boundaries, work on communication, and to provide a healthy, fun and empowering support system!

Our final session is for parents and guardians to join in on!

This program can be covered by insurance or a private pay rate will be determined so the girls that need help get it!

Contact us on Facebook or call us directly to inquire about space and sign up!

Please please share! Girls in our community need and deserve this program!

Healthy Strides Announcements

The team have a few announcements to make!

First, as of last week, Healthy Strides accepts Blue Choice Preferred insurance programs. This opens up a very small but very section of the population in Macon and surrounding counties.

Also, be on the lookout for a new group program run by Laura and Kim for teen girls! Much much more to come as we get closer.

Finally, in the next few days we will begin the process of getting Laura loaded into insurance panels. When that happens we will be opening a set of hours on Friday! More to come as well.

Have a great day!

Healthy Strides Welcomes Laura to the Team!

Healthy Strides is very proud to welcome Laura Butts as our new psychotherapist! Laura is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and has experience in trauma work. She is excited to expand into new ideas for Healthy Strides. Laura has expressed interest in expanding offerings for couples and family therapy. She has practice in community, hospital, and private settings and works with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative, and Solution-Based approaches.

Laura has a passion for creative arts and enjoys photography and painting. She is prepared to bring a wealth of information to Healthy Strides.


So what does this mean to Healthy Strides? First, you have amazing option and expanded hours. Laura will begin to enter services slowly, largely on Friday. Over time as she gains a client base, she will have an increasing schedule available. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Laura will be able to bill Medicare, an insurance service previously unavailable to Healthy Strides. We will be updating you as Laura’s hours become available.


We welcome Laura and we are ever so pleased to have such a wonderful therapist on staff. She will bring empowerment and caring to the deserving members of Central Illinois.


Welcome Laura!

Update on Kane

I’m often reminded that intelligence is not negated by neurodiverse communication or learning styles. In the past week I was shown proof with two different clients. It’s important to remember that people think, act, and speak in different ways. We have to change our thinking on autism spectrum disorder!
Several months ago when we started accepting our first clients, we met Kane. (photo’s approved for public use by Melanie Lynn – mother)
When we had our first several weeks of sessions we never knew if were going to have a clam day or a bit of a meltdown. It occurred to Kim and I that regardless of behavior, Kane had a lot to say to us. When we stopped listening with only our ears and started listening with all of our senses, it became exceedingly clear that Kane was very intelligent. He thinks hard and makes decisions that any 8-year old would make. In fact, he makes decisions that an older child w

ould make. He has the smarts!
The only appreciable difference is that Kane communicates different than what we are accustomed to hear. Because of that, it is very easy to dismiss someone with autism or any mental health or physical condition as unintelligent. This could not be further from the truth!
We need to start changing our language rapidly to break free from the mold created by our biases.
Let’s start today!

Healthy Strides Will Be Hiring Soon!!!

On May 15, we told you we have five big announcements and gave you four. We’ve been waiting until we formalized some plans. Today is that day!

As of today, Healthy Strides is working on completing contract agreements to hire a second therapist! Doing so will allow us to potentially triple our client capacity!

As of now, Healthy Strides has a total capacity of 10 clients. 8 of those spots have been filled. Dan works at a second private practice and teaches. This, coupled with medical issues has made it impossible for Dan to open up a vast amount of hours.

None of Dan’s clients will be transferred to another staff member. However, he believes that he should not be the reason for our program to stagnate at a low amount of hours.

As such, in the next week or two, Healthy Strides will begin the formal search process.

Please note that this post DOES NOT officially open hiring. We will have a second post and ad on and possibly

This position will require at a minimum a masters degree is social work, counseling, psychology, or marriage and family therapy along with a state license that makes a prospective client able to work in a clinical capacity. Some preferences we consider are experience or academic focus in child therapy as well as a calm approach to the horses.

We want a therapist who will not come just for a job. Instead we want a family member looking for their perfect home.

We are so pleased with this new outcome and we are equally pleased with our upcoming ability to massively expand hours for clients in Macon and surrounding counties.

Stay tuned!!

Healthy Strides Now Accepts Health Alliance!

As of today, 4/4/18, Healthy Strides is now accepting clients who use Health Alliance as their insurance carrier. Health Alliance has always been a wonderful program and easy to work with on our side. We are pleased to be able to accept this and grow our potential client base!


We are currently finalizing the steps needed to accept Blue Cross Medicaid clients as well. Updates coming

We are back!

Good Morning to all friends of Healthy Strides!

We are pleased to announce that after 10 days off, Dan is on the mend and ready to get back to it. As of this week, we are opening limited hours on Thursday’s in order to accommodate our major influx of clients. Be on the lookout for some potentially major changes coming!