What I offer
I run a small, independent organisation that is dedicated to providing a variety of professional and therapeutic services for humans. These include:
- Traditional counselling for individuals and couples
- Animal Assisted Therapy
- Support sessions for parents/carers
- Bespoke workshops
I am experienced working with people of all ages but I am particularly passionate about helping young people and families. I offer indoor and outdoor counselling/therapy sessions for individuals, couples and groups.
I founded Hearts, Minds and Horses in 2014 in order to follow my passion for helping and supporting people. As an experienced and qualified counsellor and equine facilitated psychotherapist for adults and children, I am able to provide a range of therapeutic services that can be tailored to suit the needs of each individual client.
Following a full career in the Royal Air Force and subsequent employment in the education and care sectors, I have a strong background in personal growth and development and inter-personal relationships. I am a certified practitioner in Neuro-linguistic programming and am also qualified in inter-personal mediation.
In our animal assisted therapy sessions we work with a herd of horses and ponies and other animals including alpacas, sheep, dogs, cats and chickens. We always give the animals the choice as to whether they participate in the therapy sessions and, as such, sessions with the larger animals normally take place in the fields. The smaller animals can also become part of the room-based therapy sessions, if appropriate for all involved.
Although I generally undertake the individual therapy sessions myself, I also work together with a select group of qualified therapists and facilitators to deliver equine facilitated sessions to families and larger groups.
The emotional and physical safety of my clients is paramount. Accordingly, I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and, as such, I adhere to their code of ethics. Hearts, Minds & Horses is also affiliated to the Human Equine Relational Development (HERD) Institute, founded by Dr Veronica Lac. In addition, all facilitators are DBS checked and are trained in safeguarding and first aid.
Meet our animal team
Although we predominantly work with our herd of horses and ponies in animal assisted therapy sessions, we also have a variety of other animals that often join us as part of the team.
A calm space and relaxed setting
We are situated in a relaxing and beautiful location near Crosskeys, Newport, Gwent. Our local Crosskeys railway station has a regular 30 minute service from Cardiff.
We also have a room-based counselling practice based in Caerphilly.
If you have any queries or if you would like to receive an information leaflet, please contact us.