Psychotherapy and Equine Psychotherapy

I'm an UKCP accredited Gestalt Psychotherapist and an EAGALA accredited Equine Assisted Psychotherapist. I work for an academic institution offering individual, group psychotherapy and workshops in the areas of present-moment-awareness/mindfulness; being outdoors and managing stress/anxiety.  I work in private practice but I am currently not taking any new referrals; I offer Equine Assisted Psychotherapy with the team at Two Ash Stables, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire and I facilitate workshops around embodied creativity and 'Being Outdoors'.

 

At heart I am a relational Gestalt practitioner.  Whether I am working in room-based therapy, in nature, with or without the Herd, I support people to become aware of their moment-to-moment here and now experience.  By this I mean growing awareness around our thoughts, feelings and sensations to support connection with being with ourselves, with each other and with the natural world.  This often incorporates identifying unfinished business and relational patterns from our histories that continue to impact our ability to connect and make choices for ourselves in the present.  I prioritise working with you as a person rather than your presenting issue as research shows that it is the relationship between therapist and client that facilitates growth and healing.  Having said this people present with a variety of different experiences and dissatisfactions that may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Relational rupture and attachment in their early life, including non-verbal trauma and hospitalisation

  • Considerations around their sexuality, sexual orientation and/or gender identities

  • Bereavement/loss/grief

  • Sexual trauma

  • General dissatisfaction with life

  • Low mood/depression

  • Stress/anxiety

 

I support myself in my practice through participating in and facilitating workshops and continuing professional development in the areas of embodied creativity; being in nature; movement; and meditation/mindfulness (see groups and workshops page).  I also support myself through ongoing clinical supervision, psychotherapy and training as well as connecting with nature and movement practice.

If you would like to explore working together either on a one-to-one basis or if you would like me to offer a workshop around embodied creativity or 'Being Outdoors' then please contact me directly.  If you are particularly interested in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy then please see the Two Ash Stables website for further details.  If you are unsure then please feel free to get in touch. 

For individual work I charge £50 per 50 minute session.  We meet initially for a one-off (charged) session where we explore whether we might continue working together.  I work short-term with a minimum of six sessions and longer term with open-ended contracts depending on your need.