We can often feel isolated in modern society (without the addition of our current pandemic). Connecting to the natural world is one way to reconnect with your inner self. When we rediscover our real connection to the great web of life the experience is often transformational.
Counselling Style & Experience:
I have worked as a counsellor within a GP surgery, for Steps to wellbeing and Dorset MIND, working with a variety of common life and mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety for adults and young persons. I am also a trained NHS Health Coach for Behaviour Change. I have facilitated a Mental Health Support Group at a GP surgery in Yeovil and Mind OUT (LGBTQ) Support group in Weymouth for Dorset MIND.
I have observed that working with the inner child is key to understanding our mental health and stepping into our real potential. I work integratively to allow clients to champion this part of themselves. I work with individuals and facilitate workshops in a group setting. Group work has the added healing potential, and there is often more learning about our ‘relationships with others’ as what we have reflected back is often hidden from ourselves.
I am a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor, Registered with the BACP and I have trained in the following therapeutic approaches:
I am an Equine Facilitated Practitioner (LEAP module) and often work outside in nature and with my equine buddy Jac and the herd, providing walk and talk counselling.
I am Reiki Master and member of the UKRF have studied spiritual development, shamanism and various complementary therapies.
In my 20s I have been in the Army, and worked for two police forces; as a Special Constable and a Control Room Operator. This gave me valuable experience of working with people in crisis or time critical situations. In my 30s I became a qualified Secondary Science teacher, and lecturer at higher education. I created an approved BTec diploma in Equine Management and implemented it as Programme Leader. Both of which gave me experience in working with groups and writing programmes and workshops. I have been self employed as both a kinship foster carer and Health and Well-being Practitioner for Animals and People.
During my time as a counsellor at Penn Hill Surgery (2017-2019), I set up a Mental Health Support Group and a Counselling Service to support a large patient group with trainee counsellors from local colleges. I have supported two Equine Therapy businesses from 2016-2019 as a counsellor and equine facilitated practitioner. This included supporting Key4Life charity with their rehabilitation of young offenders at HMP Portland and Guys Marsh with Equine Therapy. And running Woodland Retreats for small groups to connect people back to themselves through nature and the herd.