About

Georgie McBurney:

George McBurney Juniper Natural Therapies
Photograph by Jen Bradburn

Specialisms: 

Working with people with low moods, depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, self-harm and bereavement.

Counselling Style & Experience:  Georgie is a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor trained in Person Centred, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt approaches, and she is a Registered Member of the BACP. She has recently moved back to Dorset and has set up a private practice in Weymouth and Dorchester.

Georgie works part-time in primary care at a GP surgery in Somerset supporting registered patients with common mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, and supporting their emotional well-being following life events that involve change, loss or grief.

Georgie has an avid interest in the natural world, complementary therapies and spiritual development. She is currently studying psycho-spiritual counselling (level 5) to bring this approach into her current practice which takes the soul (rather than the mind) as its starting point, to help us understand why we do what we do.

Georgie is an Equine Facilitated Practitioner and brings an element of equine wisdom into the counselling room with body and energy awareness. Georgie also works at Equine EARTH in facilitating Counselling with the herd and Cotswold’s Retreats.

Qualifications:

BSc Hons Animal Science (Behaviour & Welfare), PGCE in Secondary Science (Biology), Qualified Teacher Status, LEAP Cert in EFP/L, Therapeutic Counselling Diploma, MBACP, Youth MHFA, First Aid Certificate and Cert in Health Coaching for Behaviour Change.

Background:

Georgie has had a fairly nomadic life, having moved 44 times, lived in different countries/counties and had various careers. She was an Army child, Special Constable, Army soldier, Police Control Room Operator, Secondary Science Teacher, Programme Leader/Lecturer and self employed as Natural Therapist for Animals and People.

She has personal experience of the emotional impact that alcoholism, drugs misuse, murder, missing family members, psychosis/sectioning, social services intervention/children in care and PTSD creates for those in a supporting/caring role.

Georgie became a finalist in 2015 for Venus Business Awards (Dorset) for Influential Woman of the Year for her fostering role; that year supporting her niece through sudden paralysis to recovery, only to deal with an abrupt ‘end of this placement’ a year later. She has been homeless a couple of times but because of a good support network has always had a roof. She has dealt with the discrimination that comes from being a ‘single parent’ on ‘low income’, and experienced our illogical system that keeps people from breaking out and achieving more in life. She has a natural empathy with those who no fault of their own didn’t get a ‘good enough’ start in life and understands the subsequent impact and life restrictions, promoting low confidence and self esteem.

Georgie places importance on taking responsibility for our own mental health (as you would your physical health), self care (which is not being selfish) and creating a good support network of friends, which has to start with you loving your real self as this is the longest relationship you will have in your life.

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