Otherwise I am kept busy in the great outdoors with two ponies and their antics which can be followed on Instagram.
I love witnessing the moment clients reconnect to their inner child, and how quickly they begin to heal.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP. I work mainly with adults, supporting those dealing with common issues such as anxiety and depression using Inner Child work. I studied at level 4 and 5 with CPCAB in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and Person Centred Therapy) and Psycho-Spiritual Counselling (Transpersonal, Psychosynthesis, Eco Therapy) respectively. In 2022 I trained as an Emotional Freedom Technique and Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner to further support trauma release from the body.
Before specialising as a counsellor in 2016, I worked in holistic therapies such as Kinesiology, Essential Oils (for Animals) and became a Reiki Master, I mainly supported animals. It was here I realised pets often reflected their owners wounding, so to support one I had to look at the other, and so began my journey to support healing humans.
I am trained in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (LEAP model), which evolved into Equine ReWilding as I began to learn more from working alongside horses at liberty. Guided by this work, I began to explore the world of shamanism and spiritual development, and learnt further from the Animal Peoples. I am continuing my journey as a shamanic practitioner.
COUNSELLOR & COACH
2016 – 2023
I have volunteered for Steps to Wellbeing (NHS) and Help Counselling (for young persons). in 2018 whilst at Penn Hill GP Surgery as a counsellor, I additionally trained as an NHS Health Coach for Behaviour Change and became team leader. I set up a Mental Health Support Group, and later set up a counselling service. I worked for Dorset MIND in 2019 supporting Blue Line Services and ran the LGBTQ support group. During the ‘lockdown chapter’ I worked as a 999 operator before returning to counselling in 2021 as an EAP (Employee Assist Programme) Online Counsellor and later for Leonardo Trust and BetterHelp.
TEACHER & LECTURER
2007 – 2022
I worked as a Secondary Biology/Science teacher and a Science Lecturer in both Animal Care and Equine Departments at Higher and Further Education. Wrote a BTEC diploma in Equine Management and became its Programme Leader. Facilitated the Mind OUT (LGBTQ) group and taught various workshops on psycho-education, Inner Child Therapy, Self Selection for Animals and Reiki.
EQUINE & ECO THERAPY
2017 – 2022
Supported HALO (Dorset), Paintedhorse (Glastonbury), Equine Earth (Gloucestershire), and Fhare Ltd (Dorset). This work included supporting Key4Life charity with their rehabilitation of young offenders with Equine Therapy, running Woodland with Equine Retreats and Confidence Building for Equine Enthusiasts. I am now supporting Chisel Equestrian (Dorset) in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
“I was looking for a way of making a positive difference in the world, I joined the police, I became a soldier, I became a teacher… and yet with each career I just didn’t feel I achieved this. When I finally reconnected to my inner child, I realised this was the difference I could make. I finally understood ‘As within, so without’ and so began this inward journey of healing my wounding”