Category: Counselling

Victim Blaming

Juniper, Counselling, Trauma, Brain Science, Equine Therapy, Paintedhorse

I recently attended a truly inspirational and passionately delivered talk by Zoe Lodrick on ‘Dynamics of Power and Control’. Zoe is a Sexualised Trauma Specialist and has expertise in sexualised trauma, domestic abuse, victim behaviour, sex offending and in the interviewing of victims of sexual crimes.  Zoe is a recognised expert on human behaviour/response when

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The Experience of Sadness

Paintedhorse Juniper Counselling Glastonbury Gestalt Person Centred Transactional Analysis

  Almost a year ago my niece whom I had fostered for five years, looked up at the window that I was looking out of, as she ran away for the third and final time. Social services, as I knew they would, ended our placement without so much as a disruption meeting. I could have

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In love at Beltane

Juniper Natural Therapies Livvy Adams Bee Helygen Priestess of Ceridwen

Beltane is celebrated on May 1st indicating the half way point of the spring equinox and summer solstice.  The season of union between Goddess and God, of deep found love and the coming together of perfect love and trust.  This appeared to have happened between lovely Bee Helygen, Priestess of Cerridwen and Danny from Paintedhorse on

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A New Hope: Forgiveness

Paintedhorse , Equine, Healing, Learning, counselling

“It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain” – Oriah Mountain Dreamer This poem came to mind recently as I left Dorset for pastures

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Dear Dorset: A letter to a place

Gerry White, Juniper, Paintedhorse, EFL, Healing, Equine therapy

  Creative writing can be a useful tool for personal growth and development.  I recently attended such a workshop with Sue Ashby included as part of my counselling training.  We were challenged to write ‘free-flow’ for 6 minutes, even if we repeated the same word until other words came to mind. We started the exercise

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Great Expectations

Juniper Counselling, Glastonbury, George McBurney

  When I first heard Carrie Bradshaw say these lines I recall they resonated with me as that’s what I have been looking for. My whole life. Until recently this ideal had never been challenged.  I don’t mean people had never suggested to me that my expectations were too great or I had a ‘fairy

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Aesop’s Fable: Wind and Sun

Equine Therapy Counselling Light Love Inspire Juniper Natural Therapies

A long, long time ago a teacher once read out a short story in our school assembly. It was a fable written by Aesop in the 6th century (B.C.) and it went something like this: The Wind and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger. Suddenly they saw a traveller coming down the road, and the Sun

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Messages of Hope

Equine Therapy Key4Life Portland Juniper Natural Therapies Paintedhorse EFL LEAP

  I was invited to join a team of EFL/P practitioners and equine specialists this month to deliver the Equine Therapy part of charity Key4Life‘s pre-release programme for young offenders at HMP/YOI Portland. Livvy Adams from Paintedhorse headed the Equine Team and organised a 2 day programme suitable for the young men at the prison and we

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