Emma Williams MBACP, BA (Hons)
I am a qualified, BACP accredited, person-centred therapist; I work in a strongly person-centred way, often working long-term with complex issues. Although short term counselling is always available, and can also be very effective for some people; a few sessions can often be enough to enable them to start noticing changes in their lives.
As well as what you might call the classic 'talking therapy' there is often a creative aspect to my work, many people experience this way of working as very therapeutic and healing.
So the option is there to work in this way should you be interested;-Person-centred creative therapy provides a means to express inner emotions or feelings through the use of artistic media such as writing, metaphor, art, imagery, sculpture, or a combination of any of these. It allows you to pay attention to your internal world and to give expression to it; to bring the 'inside' - feelings, emotions and senses ‘out’ - so you can start to make sense of them - is maybe a helpful way to explain it.
I have over 18 years' experience of dealing with and working through issues relating to chaotic eating and eating disorders. As well as working in this field I also work as a part-time pre/post therapy support worker/counsellor for an organisation in Coventry. Previously I have worked in many areas of counselling for various agencies including the N.H.S and charity organisations as a volunteer counsellor.
Horses are an exciting new addition to the work I do at SEDA. The mission for this work is to bring about permanent life change for people through experiential contact with horses. Helping people to experience emotional, spiritual and physical growth and to maximize an individual’s motivations and willingness to be part of and contribute to something bigger than themselves. Equine facilitated therapy provides a platform to facilitate these changes.
Equine Facilitated Therapy - EFL
What is so special about Equine Facilitated Therapy?
Much like traditional counselling the space provided here is one which is intended to be a therapeutic, safe space; and one which the participants experience unconditional, non-judgemental acceptance. The horses are an integral part of the therapeutic process and the participant’s experience, through this authentic interaction between the horses, the counsellor and the client. Through this connection the client is able to explore their internal world in a way which reflects back to themselves deep seated emotions. Equine facilitated therapy can help with many issues and is considered to be especially helpful for those who want to change elements of their behaviour.
Humans have been using animals for therapeutic purposes for thousands of years. Because instinctively a Horses survival depends upon its ability to rely upon its senses, accurate interpretation of its environment and any potential threat is crucial. An example of this can be seen when wild Zebra gathered around a water hole will drink alongside a pride of lions, as long as that lion is not looking for his evening meal, the Zebra will drink quite comfortably. How do they determine this decision? The determining factor is body language; body language is a hugely influential communication tool. A horse’s ability to accurately read body language, human emotion and their inherent honesty is perhaps why we turn to them more and more in times of distress. Horses are becoming particularly well known for their ability to foster change.
Horses have been used in the therapeutic way for hundreds of years, helping people to develop emotional awareness and refine motor skills in very powerful, yet often subtle ways. The unique bond between the human and the horse has in more recent years been channelled into psychological therapies.
Equine facilitated therapy, or hippotherapy (from the Greek word 'hippos' which means horse), brings people and horses together, accompanied by a human therapist in a safe environment, using activities designed to promote emotional insight, growth and learning. This unique therapy has been successfully employed in countries such as USA and Australia for many years and is now becoming more widely recognised within the UK. The success stories for encouraging permanent life changes are increasing. This work is not about riding and no prior experience around horses is necessary. Initially there may be very little physical contact with the horses; observation and reflection can be powerful enough to promote change in attitudes and thinking in the initial stages of the work.
Who can benefit from this work?
Anyone, who is experiencing any level of difficulty or distress, either from the present or from past life experiences and where the level of difficulty or distress is effecting their lives today in some way.
We support people to overcome many issues, such as:-
- Trauma - PTSD
- Attachment issues
- Aiding recovery from illness, addiction and E.D
- Stress and Anxiety
All the horses at SEDA come from very different backgrounds; each of them has their own unique story, life experiences, past pains, sufferings, and healing to bring into ‘the arena’. When we are open to work with the horses and we are willing to get into this ‘arena’ with the horses, we can be moved spiritually, experience significant emotional and physical healing. Our ‘self’ and ‘other’ awareness is woken up, and the learning and development available to each of us though working with these magnificent creature teachers is unique and precious.
'Walk and Talk' Therapy
Walk and talk therapy is exactly that...walking and talking as a means to enable a therapeutic process. Rather than the traditional setting of ‘face to face’ as described on the previous page, the counselling sessions takes place outdoors, with client and the counsellor walking side by side in picturesque countryside settings.
This is a dynamic form of counselling, where physical activity is very much achieved. Although fitness is not the focus, it may be that fitness levels do improve as a result of the sessions. As well as releasing some tensions, physical activity stimulates oxygen uptake, which helps us to think more clearly and more creatively through problems and issues. The rhythmic forward motion of walking is calming and liberating. People often describe feeling as though they have more energy and often report a better quality of sleep, even after the first session.
Being close to nature is hugely therapeutic, and being out in the elements help to to feel grounded and calm.
Areas of counselling:
- Anger Management
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Asperger's Syndrome
- Binge-Eating Disorder
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Eating Disorders
- Emotional Abuse
- Generalised Anxiety
- Low Self-Confidence
- Low Self-Esteem
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Self Harm
- Work Related Issues
Training, qualifications & experience
- Southampton - Future training - Diploma - Nutiriton Specialist
- RSVP - Three day intensive course, foundation skills helpline volunteering.
- RSVP/The Helplines Association - Three, one day workshops, level 1, 2 and 3 attained.
- Safeline - skills for helpline workers.
- Marie Curie - Adult and Child Loss and Bereavement Training. (6 days intensive course).
- Therapy Challenges CPD - Working with Eating Disorders.
- Valley House - Safeguarding Children (in-house training).
- The Olive Tree Training on Introduction and Awareness to Personality Disorder.
- The Olive Tree Training on Understanding Personality Disorder.
- The University of Warwick - Reflection, journals and the written word.
- University of Warwick - Foundation Degree in Person Centered Counselling and Psychotherapy.
- University of Warwick - BA Hons Degree in Person Centered Counselling and Psychotherapy.
2012-2013 - The University of Warwick CPD (the following 4 x 3 day modules):
- Creative Approaches to working with clients in Person-centred approach
- Counselling clients who have psychological disorders & mental health issues
- Counselling and Psychotherapy with clients who have been sexually, physically or emotionally abused
- Working drug and alcohol addiction.
- 2013 - Birmingham University - Working with clients with Eating Disorders
- 2013 - Valley House - Advanced Safeguarding Children
- 2014 - Bower House - Understanding Eating Disorders Workshop
- 2014 - Worked as Co-counsellor - team member with Helena Wilkinson - Eating Disorder 7 day Residential course
- 2016 - Diploma CBT University of West Scotland (Ongoing)
- 2017 - Working with Children and Young People
- 2017 - Trust Technique on line training
- 2018 - Introduction to Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
- 2018 - Working therapeutically with horses-Horses Helping People
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
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Traditional Counselling - There is an initial consultation fee of £25 which is charged to cover costs.
Subsequent session fees are £50 per hour for sessions at Honiley.
Sessions are typically 1 hour in duration.
Equine Facilitated Therapy -
Sessions are typically 1 hour in duration and fees are £50 per hour, sessions are based at yard in Over Whitacre, near Shustoke.
* Group sessions are also available for up to four participants.
'Walk and Talk' Therapy -
Sessions are typically 1 hour in duration and fees are £45 per hour, sessions can be based either around Honiley area or around Over Whitacre area, near Shustoke.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon to Thurs - 8.30 am to 6.00 pm Friday - 8.30 am to 5.00 pm
Types of client