Out Side In Therapists
Jennifer McVoy, LMSW
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Ms. McVoy brings years of education and experience to Out Side In. She is a Licensed Master’s Level Social Worker with over 25 years of experience working with troubled youth and their families. Ms. McVoy has expertise in the areas of Trauma, Attachment Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Mood Disorders, as well as proven success working with treatment resistant clients.
In addition to her clinical expertise, Ms. McVoy is a nationally recognized horse-woman who has over 4 years of experience in all aspects of the horse industry. She has many regional and national champion titles.
Finally, Ms. McVoy possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and many years of success in the business world, giving her the knowledge and skill to assure that the organization operates in the most effective manner possible to provide the best interventions for those who are most in need.
Lexie Carr, LMSW
Program Director, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Lexie has been around horses since before she can remember. Her love for horses started with Arabians when she started showing at the age of three. Lexie established herself in the horse world after winning multiple National Championships and earning a nomination for Western Junior Exhibitor of the Year. Since then, she has ventured into the Hunter/Jumper world with the help of the off-the-track Thoroughbreds at Out Side In.
Lexie has a Bachelor's degree in Women studies and a Master's degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. With experience in a variety of areas and populations, Lexie treats individuals of all ages, families, and groups.
Susan Boeve, LMSW
Susan grew up in the West Michigan area as a horse crazy kid finding every opportunity she could to be around horses, working, riding and taking lessons at the area hunter jumper barn. When she decided to go into Social Work she new from the beginning she wanted to use horses to help people heal and has always had a special passion for working with Veterans.
Susan started at Out Side In as a graduate intern from Grand Valley State University and has become an invaluable member of the team over the years. Susan works with client of all ages and runs our Heroes for Horses program
Carly Farmer, LLMSW
Carly entered the horse world as a child and started competing in Hunter/Jumper horse shows across West Michigan. She quickly developed a passion for building relationships with “difficult” horses commonly left to the wayside, even if it meant falling off more times than she can count. This notion carries over into her clinical practice, where she supports her clients as they “get back in the saddle” and navigate life’s many challenges with confidence.
Carly holds a Bachelor’s in Speech-Language Pathology and a Master’s in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. Carly’s background in Applied Behavioral Analysis and Residential Crisis Case Management guides her practice with an array of unique and diverse individuals seeking support. The opportunity to merge her passions for horses and mental health is a dream come true for Carly.
Camelia Lonsway, LLMSW
Camelia was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. She moved to Michigan to attend Hope College where she received her Bachelors in social work. After completing her BSW, Camelia started working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She then graduated from Western Michigan University with her masters in social work specializing in trauma and TF-CBT. Camelia is passionate about supporting people as they navigate various paths of life, especially those who are healing from trauma.
While Camelia had no formal training with horses as a child. She grew up with them, learning as she went. She has always enjoyed riding and spending time with them. In college, she developed a friendship with a woman and her Friesian horses where it was further confirmed that she wanted horses in her life. Camelia is very excited to combine her love for horses and passion for helping people into a job as one of the therapists at Outside In, Inc.
Val Petre, LLMSW
Using a strengths-focused approach,Val works with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, personality disorders, relationship issues, life transitions, and trauma. Some of the ways models Val incorporates into her work with horses are; mindfulness, values clarification, problem-solving, DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Internal Family Systems, and body-based somatic experiencing for trauma healing and integration.
Val has owned horses throughout her life and connects with the world by being outside in nature. She enjoys taking care of animals & plants, running, biking, swimming, and yoga. She is married and has three adult daughters and a dog .
Alena Kenyon, LMSW
Alena is a Limited Licensed Master Clinical Social Worker. She joined Out Side Therapy in May 2020, after graduating from Grand Valley State University in April of 2020.
Alena has worked with children and adults in individual and group settings, including veteran groups, trauma specific individual counseling, and telehealth sessions.
While still learning, Alena has pushed herself to find ways to provide the best care for her clients. She has done extensive research in trauma therapy, practices both Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and is growing her own methods of treating clients from the theories she learned in school.
Other areas of counseling that Alena provides to clients at Out Side In Therapy include:
Trauma (including processing opportunities)
Depression and anxiety for adolescents and adults
Suicidal ideation and self-harm
Children with behavioral issues
Children and adults with developmental disabilities such as autism, who are experiencing difficulties with mental and emotional health
In her free time, Alena enjoys spending time with her many animals, including her horse, Roy who is an off-the-track-thoroughbred rehabilitated by Out Side In’s Thoroughbred Program. She also is an avid writer and plans to one day publish a fantasy novel.