Overwhelmed? Overworked? Tired? Juggling? Worried how you are going to make ends meet? Are your thoughts keeping you awake at night or do you find yourself going around in circles? Are you anticipating the straw that might break the camel’s back? Do you keep putting yourself last? HumAnima CIC is a West Midlands based counselling service that will offer you the space, comfort & understanding you want, need and deserve. By applying person-centred counselling, a well-known, humanistic “Talking Therapy” based upon openness, empathy and acceptance you can look forward to a safe and supportive environment, within which you can explore your thoughts, feelings and emotions in a way that suits you best. And, if you’re an animal lover, you have the option of Animal Assisted Therapy, where HumAnima CIC’s Therapy Dog, Flossie will offer a helping paw in return for a scratch behind the ear or a belly rub.It's time to put yourself first and turn the tables. Take the opportunity to be listened to rather than being the one doing the listening. I will help you relieve that pressure & become the best that you can be & more! Take the time to nurture yourself with my support & attention & find yourself, your balance & your worth.
Training, qualifications & experience
I graduated with a Masters in Counselling Psychology from Keele University in Staffordshire. I have a long-standing interest in psychology, mental health well-being, nature and Ecopsychology. Within my practice I have focused my interest specifically on working in partnership with animals and nature. I completed a Professional Certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy and then went on to complete a Foundation Certificate in Animals and Horticulture as Therapy. Whilst completing my Masters dissertation, I looked at 'Counsellor Attitudes and Experiences Towards Incorporating Animal Assisted Therapy into Practice'. I have worked in a number of different settings including a Family Support Service, Children's Centres working with parents, working with homeless people and those with issues surrounding alcohol and substance misuse, depression, anxiety and trauma and also with older adults. Along the way I have worked with people with a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, loss of faith, bereavement, dementia, domestic violence, addictions and relationship issues.
Counselling & Depression If you have ever wondered what counselling is, when it is suitable, how it works & what might happen during a typical counselling session then please have a look at this video. In it, I also talk about the mental health conditions that counselling is typically used to treat. This will give you an idea of whether you might like to try counselling.
Animal Assisted Therapy & Counselling
In this video I introduce viewers to Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and in particular within the context of counselling. Some people may have come across Animal Assisted Therapy in the form of Riding for the Disabled - where disabled individuals engage in therapeutic horseback riding - but in counselling AAT works differently. Here I also talk about the magic of the human-animal bond and how that special bond is unique but simultaneously something we all have in common. Find out a bit more about AAT & its relevance to counselling.
I am also able to offer counselling in conjunction with my therapy dog, Flossie, who is a trained and temperament assessed Pets As Therapy (PAT) dog. We have also completed training entitled "Practical Therapy Dog Training".
In the past, my work outside of counselling has also contributed to my knowledge and experience, for example whilst working as a Mental Health Advocate.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Drug addiction, Alcohol addiction, Dual diagnosis, Animal Assisted Therapy, Animal Assisted Psychotherapy, Animal abuse, Counselling in Polish, Mindfulness, Guided meditation, Burnout, Self care
Personal Face-to-Face Session Fees are £60 for a 50 minute session. Students/ Unemployed/ Benefits £35 Pay for 6 counselling sessions in advance for ONLY £300 (6 X 50 minute counselling sessions), available Mon-Fri between 9am - 7pm
Mon-Fri 9:00am - 7:00pm Sat-Sun 10:00am - 2:00pm
If you are interested in undertaking counselling with Animal Assisted Therapy, the first session will involve making sure taking part in this approach is suitable for you and my therapy dog, Flossie. You will be gradually introduced to the idea of working with myself and Flossie. This will also give you an opportunity to ask any questions you have about working with our Therapy Dog answered.
Some of the things that will be explained to you will include: - the therapy animal’s purpose - expected types of interaction - potential benefits and how they will be achieved - when you can engage with the therapy animal
There will also be basic information made available on how to interact with the Therapy Dog to make sure no-one, including the Therapy Dog feels stressed, anxious or fearful. Most importantly, if you definitely do not wish to interact with the Therapy Dog this will be respected at all times. If you are happy to proceed, the Therapy Dog will be brought in and a session will be spent getting to know and becoming comfortable with the Therapy Dog.
The technique mainly involves the Therapy Dog being present in the room. This has already been reported in research as being sufficient to reduce anxiety, improving the relationship between therapist and client and contributing towards positive progress and personal development. When working together you will always be asked whether you are happy to continue working with the Therapy Dog and the AAT approach.