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Meet Rachel Brodsky of Rebels Farm in Ramona

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Brodsky.

Rachel, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in Washington D.C., as a competitive horseback rider. As a teenager, I struggled with a learning disability, eating disorder, and substance abuse. As I found myself on the road to recovery, I began to dream of one day being able to support others. After moving to California in 2015, I began my studies to become a Substance Abuse Counselor and Life Coach.

As I began to work in the field, I found a scarcity in alternative treatment options. In 2017, after receiving my certification in equine-assisted therapy, I decided to start my own program.

Has it been a smooth road?
Definitely not a smooth road. When I started I was a 24 years old entrepreneur, I found it difficult early on to get people to listen to me and take my business seriously. However, through a few years of passion and perseverance, I secured a number of contracts with large organizations. The future of my business was looking very bright and then COVID hit, bringing most of my progress to a halt. Since then, we have adapted our program to offer online support such as virtual equine therapy, art therapy, yoga classes, and self-care education.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Rebels Farm – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Using holistic activities, nature, and animal-assisted healing, we address mental health and personal development needs in our community. What we are most proud of and what sets us apart from other programs is of our ability to serve a diverse population. Our clients have included people struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction, PTSD, sexual trauma, homelessness, and previous incarceration. We are now offering services to first responders and frontline workers who were affected by the everyday traumas brought on by COVID 19.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
San Diego has an amazingly eclectic community with so many unique cultural influences. Unfortunately, I am one of the few San Diegans who wouldn’t mind a little more rain!

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