As a BACP Registered counsellor, and qualified equine-facilitated psychotherapy and learning practitioner, I can offer both counselling and equine or animal-assisted therapy sessions which take place in an idyllic rural setting on the edge of the Quantock hills in Somerset, close to Bridgwater and Taunton. This offers clients a tranquil haven from hectic family and professional lives, in which I can support them in facing difficult issues. Clients have the option of either conventional counselling sessions or engaging with animal-assisted therapy. I can also offer ‘walk and talk’ sessions in quiet Somerset countryside, for those who prefer a more active form of counselling assisted by the reparative power of nature.
I have particular experience of working with bereavement, loss, anxiety, depression and self-esteem issues. After working in the public sector for over twenty years, I also have a special interest in work-related stress. In my therapy, my initial aim is to gain clients’ trust and enter into their world, to experience life as they see it and build a strong relationship. I can then start to understand the issues that are troubling them, and use that insight to support them in facing their problems and finding strategies to either change them or better cope with them.
My unique Practice, Equilibrium Animal-assisted Therapy and Counselling, integrates the healing power of animals with my professional counselling skills to help relieve people’s emotional pain or mental distress, working with both dogs and horses. I facilitate the remarkable ability of these animals to connect with, and gently reflect back, underlying human emotions in a non-judgemental and supportive way. No experience with horses is needed for equine sessions. Please look at my web-site for further details.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling from a course accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) at the Iron Mill Institute in Exeter. I have also completed certificate courses in Animal-Assisted Interventions and Animal-assisted Therapy in Counselling. I have qualified as a Practitioner in Equine-facilitated Psychotherapy with LEAP, (http://www.leapequine.com/), whose network of practitioners I am part of. I have undertaken CPD training in supporting people through bereavement, working with boarding school survivors and those who have encountered domestic violence and abuse.
My experience includes working with the bereavement support team of a local hospice, supporting both adults and children, and volunteering with a charity which provides equine-assisted therapy to children and young people with developmental disorders. Together with my registered therapy dogs I visit the wards of a local rehabilitation hospital and the hospice as a volunteer for Pets as Therapy.
I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to its Ethical Framework, and carry full practitioner's insurance.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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60 minute counselling sessions (including those that incorporate my therapy dogs) cost £40-00.
90 minute equine-assisted therapy sessions cost £75-00. although reduced rates can be provided for a block booking of 6 sessions or more.
I am happy to provide a short introductory session to animal-assisted therapy without charge to ensure that you are comfortable about working with my dogs or horses.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am available for counselling and animal or equine-assisted therapy on Fridays and Saturdays and sometime have evening slots available
Types of client