“You can give another person a precious gift if you will allow him to talk without contaminating his speech with your own material.”
I am lucky enough to live in the wonderful rolling hills of mid Devon close to Dartmoor National Park. There are lovely views across open farmland and counselling and other therapy work takes place against this peaceful background. Horses graze in the paddock adjoining the house and cats and dogs laze about the garden.
Counselling and Psychotherapy I am a UKRCP Registered and BACP Accredited Counsellor / Psychotherapist with over thirty years’ experience working in a wide variety of settings including teaching, training, supervision, management and social care. I have a Certificate in Counselling and an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP accredited), as well as qualifications in Care and Management and The Registered Managers’ Award.
Over the past 17 years I have worked with young people and adults in schools, colleges, foster care, residential care and addiction units. I have supported clients with depression, post-traumatic stress, addictions, self-harming behaviours, suicidal thoughts, low self-esteem, relationship and sexuality problems as well as learning difficulties and autism.
I am a naturally caring and sensitive person with an open and positive approach. Carl Rogers’ core conditions of empathy, congruence and acceptance guide my work as a humanistic integrative therapist. I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and subscribe to their Code of Ethics and Professional Practice. I have full professional Civil Liability Insurance and an enhanced Criminal Record Bureau check.
Animal, Equine Assisted and Walk & Talk I have worked with horses all my life and taught as a BHS AI Instructor. I trained with the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) in 2004 and was a certified EAGALA practitioner until July 2021. I am now a member of Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI) and sit on their steering group working on the new Human-Equine Interactions Register. I have attended many workshops and training courses run by individuals and organisations including Lucy Rees, Franklin Levinson, Leigh Shambo (HEAL) and LEAP.
I have worked in agriculture and have owned domestic and farm animals for many years. I have an Advanced Diploma in Agriculture and have trained in Animal Assisted Interventions with the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS). I was also on the steering group that produced the AAI Code of Practice in 2013.
I offer an initial assessment session where we can talk about your problems in general terms and check we are comfortable working together. The number of sessions you may require will vary but clients usually commit to at least 6 sessions to begin with. Clients working on complex and difficult issues usually choose longer term work which may well last for several months.
Some of the experiential interventions I use are relatively new but can combine well with counselling. These approaches can be particularly effective for vulnerable people.