I was educated at a Steiner School in Germany and was brought up to see the whole person in the context of their community. We learned that everybody has a place in their community and a role to play in that community's wellbeing.
At school and at university, I volunteered working with the homeless and refugees. I also worked for a therapist who offered hippotherapy (physiotherapy on horseback).
For many years, I worked with young adults with learning disabilities in a residential college. I helped them to become more independent and how to be active members in their community. Many of the young people also developed a greater sense of self esteem and the courage to do their own thing.
While there, I trained as person centred counsellor and also in hypnotherapy and equine facilitated therapy. I continue to support autistic adults and am training further to help especially Asperger's women and women with Asperger's spouses.
I love the outdoors and use the varied landscapes of the West Country like a sensory garden. Different areas can evoke quite different feelings and I like to explore those links between ourselves and the outdoor world..
I work very much with the whole person, which means I pay attention to all those things that can influence the way we feel like surroundings, connectedness, habits, relationships, nutrition and exercise.
I live in Somerton with my husband and 2 cats.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
I trained as a person-centred counsellor and work in a confidential, non-judgemental and empathetic way.
I have gained extensive experience working with a local charity offering counselling to people from all walks of life with a variety of problems and where I continue to work with my clients.
I am a member of the BACP ( British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their ethical code of conduct and have regular supervision to ensure a high standard of professional practice. I am a fully insured, professionally qualified, well trained and experienced counsellor.
I also offer sessions in Equine Facilitated Therapy and Coaching and therapeutic hypnosis.
I teach Equine Facilitated Learning at a local centre.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Diploma in Equine Facilitated Learning and Therapy
Diploma in Hypnotherapy
15 years of working with young adults with learning disabilities, encouraging independence, self worth and confidence
Lived experience with Autistic family members
Other Training and Experience:
Working with Disability
Grief and Loss
Working with Dementia
Setting up an ethical private practice
Safeguarding within a Counselling Practice
Exploring Sexuality and Gender
Working with Addiction