We can often feel isolated in modern society. 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:
Alongside private practice, I work as a freelance counsellor for Mind Blue Light personnel specialising in mild to moderate trauma. For more details click here.
I have worked as a counsellor for the NHS in primary care for several years, 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.
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 groups.
Group work: I facilitate an Inner Child Therapy group for adults in Weymouth at Furzedown Farm. and facilitate Mind OUT (LGBTQ) Support group in Weymouth at the Library for Dorset MIND. For more details of the latter click here.
Group work has the added healing potential, and there is often more learning about our ‘relationships with others’. 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. I run reiki shares twice a month in Weymouth, both for human and for animals (see events for details).
Background: 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 implented it as Programme Leader. Both of which give 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.
Suring 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 and also 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.
The more inner work we do, the more we heal our inner child and we bring back our creativity, imagination and connection.
INNER CHILD WORK: I am a counsellor still doing my inner work. I haven’t got it all figured out, but remain hopeful it is possible. I have found peace in the here and now and have let go of some neagtive old beliefs from childhood. In my quest to ‘find the answers’ out there I have discovered two things: 1) those who claim to have the answers are so far behind those still seeking them 2) the answers are to be found within. What I did find out there however, is that each relationship gives me an opportunity to work on my inner child stuff. Professional relationships have included counsellors, shamanic practitioners, complementary therapists, spiritual development groups. All of whom give a similar message – implement self care.
Outside of counselling, I am an artist and a writer. I currently write for Equine Leadership, a beautiful heartfelt magazine celebrating the wisdom of the horse around the world.