Claire Gelvin-Smith, LPC

Claire Gelvin-Smith began riding as a small child. Claire owned her first pony at age 5, and rode in schooling shows as a youngster, around age 7. She continued to take lessons with her mother during her teenage years. After taking time to focus on school, Claire began actively riding again in Hawaii, working with a trainer at a barn on Oahu. Claire has a masters degree in Social Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and after her return to Fairbanks she completed a second masters degree in Counseling at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF). She is a certified Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model practitioner. Claire taught riding lessons for students of all ages at DSEC from 2012 to 2018, and recently phased out instructing in order to focus on her therapeutic work with clients. Claire is a counselor at Turning Point Counseling Services. Claire thoroughly enjoys riding and working at DSEC as an EAGALA facilitator. 

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