Helping you to find your inner grace.
Passionate. Patient. Persistent. Pet-lover. These are just a few of the characteristics that describe me. I have 20 years of working with children and young people and am passionate about helping them to achieve their full potential in life. I have worked as a teacher, a senior leader, a head teacher and now I have developed a new career in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I use all of my experience of working with the most vulnerable children and young people to make the pathways clearer for their futures. I work with clients and my animals to join together to help guide along the journey.
BA Hons Psychology with Social Studies
Level 5 Diploma Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
Post Graduate Diploma Counselling with Children and Young People
Find your inner grace through:
Equine eyes – The use of horses in therapeutic approaches is continuing to grow worldwide due to the amazing outcomes that can be achieved. This new approach to psychological therapy is called Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. This helps clients to learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, then discussing and processing feelings, behaviours and patterns.
Horses are non-judgemental and non-confrontational
They are sensitive, can pick up on human emotions and will mirror the human’s emotions through their own responses and behaviours
They can provide immediate and honest feedback
They don’t lie or hold grudges
The horses allow the therapy to be conducted in a gentle way, with the focus on the horses and their behaviour rather than solely on the client themselves. This helps to reduce anxiety and allows the client to explore their difficulties in a very supportive, calming, grounding environment.
They are large, powerful and generally amazing!
Animal assisted therapy - AAT is a natural and holistic therapy that predates science. It involves the use of animal interventions, within the therapy session to aid the counselling session. It can help clients to focus on something less stressful than discussing their problems with a therapist. The reduction in anxiety about the situation, gives comfort about the surroundings and provides some form of social support for the client.
Dogs are non judgmental and non confrontational
They are sensitive
They can provide comfort
They don’t lie
They love company and fuss.
Walk and talk therapy can be an especially helpful method of working for people who don't have the opportunity to get out into nature very often and for those who feel as if they thrive better when they do. I have learnt that having therapeutic conversations with clients in the great outdoors, either while walking, sitting in a wooded clearing, or a mixture of both, adds a totally different and positive dynamic to the experience.
Outdoor counselling is good for those who may feel a little anxious or claustrophobic in the environment of a one-on-one session in a room - the potential intensity of eye contact is removed for those who find it an uncomfortable part of therapeutic work.
Working therapeutically outdoors can help with feelings of being “stuck”, as we are moving forwards in the sessions physically and the sense of looking forwards to the changes that clients want from therapy.
Walking together side by side also means a sense of equality and union in the partnership between client and counsellor, along with the often hugely valuable silences in therapy that are much easier to bear for many people.