Whispering FirefliesCounseling Services

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Hello, and welcome to Whispering Fireflies Counseling Services.

I'm so happy you are here! My name is Annette Pelletier, and I am a licensed clinical social worker in Southern Utah and have several years' experience working with individuals, families, and groups. I consider myself to be an eclectic and versatile practitioner who tries to bring my client's personal interests into therapy.

With the assistance and hard work of my clients, I am able to walk individuals through the healing process of depression, anxiety, family relational issues, attachment disorders, substance use disorders, emerging personality disorders and other challenges individuals are often faced with. I particularly enjoy working with young women and others who have experienced traumatic events in their lives.

I recognize everyone has strengths to build upon in order to work toward growth and healing. I enjoy helping individuals to see those strengths and build on those strengths to then help them see their personal worth; helping them to recognize they are enough, always have been enough, and always will be enough. It is important to me to help others learn how to navigate expressing their thoughts and feelings more openly so they are able to use their voices and show up in their lives more authentically.

Annette L. Pelletier, LCSW, CTRTC, CCAT

Clinical Therapist

Annette was born and raised in a small town in New Hampshire. It is here that she developed a love for the outdoors. Annette would spend hours of her day exploring the forest behind her house and finding refuge there from the daily stressors of her life. She moved to Austin, TX where she lived and worked for 14 years. It was in Austin that she found her love for rock climbing and met her supportive and loving husband. Annette and her family moved to Southern Utah for work and the magnificence of the outdoors. Annette approaches her work through a combination of trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), reality therapy, motivational interviewing, equine-assisted psychotherapy, and experiential/adventure-based interventions. Annette is certified in choice theory and reality therapy through the William Glasser Institute and received EMDR training through the EMDR Institute, where she received her certification of completion for EMDR part 1 and part 2. Additionally, Annette is trained and certified in trauma-focused equine assisted psychotherapy and has specialized training in the use of equine-connected EMDR through The Natural Lifemanship Institute. Annette is also a certified adventure therapist through the Association for Experiential Education.

Sami Melling Hunt

Equine Professional

Lee Bingham

Equine Professional

Lee has never known a life without horses or cattle. She was raised on a local ranch here in Cedar City, Utah. Taking the reins of her own horse, at three years old, sparked her love for these noble and trustworthy animals. Her rodeo career began at the age of eight, competing in junior rodeos, then on to high school and college. She earned two National High School Goat Tying Titles, a Utah Team National Title, and one National College Goat Tying Title along the way. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Southern Utah University in 2002. Lee has a decade of equine therapy under her belt. Working with teens and adults through individual, group and family therapy. Following the Natural Lifemanship model, she has attended their fundamentals course as well as having her EAGALA certification. Lee is humbled by the incredible and meaningful work equine therapy provides through the relationship developed in the journey. Lee loves spending time with her husband and their three boys. They enjoy working and riding on their ranch, team roping, golfing, baseball, and fishing.


Mustang @ Mustang Magic

Kiva was adopted from a wild horse sanctuary in California where she was born and orphaned. Kiva is a strong leader and has a gentle and kind soul.


Mustang @ Mustang Magic

Apache was adopted from a wild horse sanctuary in California where he was born and later gentled in preparation for adoption. He is very friendly, sweet, and curious!


Arabian/Paint Cross @ Mustang Magic

Neptune was rescued from a kill pen in Texas. It takes Neptune a little time to warm up to people, but can also be playful and sweet.


Quarter Horse/Thorough Bred Cross @ 5H Ranch


Quarter Horse @ 5H Ranch

Boone is a very sweet and loving guy. He loves cuddles and pets.


Quarter Horse @ 5H Ranch

Slick is a solid friend to have. He consistently shows up for you and enjoys giving and receiving love.


Quarter Horse @ 5H Ranch


Quarter Horse @ 5H Ranch

Spice Girl

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Seven is 22 years old, though he hides his age well. He is a stoic gentleman who likes to work hard and likes to be loved on.


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Albert is a social and friendly guy. If you need to work on boundaries, he's your guy!


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Toad is a quiet and independent guy. He likes to observe those around him and is very good at communicating with others what he needs/wants.


Mini Pony @ Lee's

Trigger was named after famous western film stallion from the mid 1900's. Although trigger is no stallion, he is quite the stud with his beautiful eyes and friendly demeanor.


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  • $2500.00
  •  6/2/2023 12:00 PM - 6/4/2023 04:00 PM
  • Location: To Be Announced

Join us for 3 days and 2 nights in beautiful Southern Utah for a Women's Therapeutic Retreat. There will be two Licensed Clinical Social Workers and two equine profressionals facilitating a weekend to help you on your journey to healing and growing. We will have a variety of events/activities to include equine therapy sessions, rock climbing, hiking/geocaching, primitive fire building and an optional trail ride on the last day.

  • $30.00
  •  12/7/2022 05:30 PM
  •   66 West Harding Avenue, Cedar City, UT, USA

Reading and discussing the content of the book, "The Body Keeps the Score" is a great way to learn about trauma, how it impacts us and others, and make connections with others who are working through challenges due to experiencing traumatic events in their lives.