Since 2004 I have been helping horse riders, from all over Scotland, to reach their goals, overcome confidence issues and to get the most out of their riding.
Drawing on my extensive training and experience in counselling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, NLP and performance coaching I am able to help you change the way you think and feel about your riding and teach you useful techniques which will help you overcome the barriers which may be holding you back.
I have been able to help many riders, from novices to those competing internationally, and I am experienced in helping riders in 1:1 sessions, groups, talks, clinics and workshops
Working with riders ‘off horse’, where you can be totally comfortable, you will learn how you can change as a rider, move out of your comfort zone and learn to use your thoughts in a more helpful way.
Whilst specialising in helping horse riders I am also very experienced in helping people in many other areas of life. So when you come to see me for help with a riding issue I will see you as a whole person and you are likely to find that you see benefits throughout your different life areas.
I have owned and ridden horses for many years and, using what I have learned, has been able to deal with my own riding confidence issues.
With a background in nursing and midwifery, I decided to change direction and I re-trained as a hypno-psychotherapist with the well respected National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy and soon realised the potential that this training had to help riders. To this end my diploma dissertation was on the subject of the use of hypnosis in sport with particular reference to horse riding.
I am fully insured and adheres to the a code of ethics which includes a commitment to continuing professional development (CPD).
In 2014 I qualified as a specialist in anxiety and use this knowledge with my clients to great effect. I am currently training with Centre 10 where I am undertaking the Advanced Applied Psychology for Equestrian Coaches course which is adding to my skills which I am already passing on to my clients.
There are many counsellors and psychotherapists in practice so how do you decide who to contact?
I have many years of experience and keep up to date so you can be sure that you are contacting someone with the appropriate training, knowledge and skills.
With an understanding of horses and riders you can be sure that whatever problems you may be having, I will be able to relate to what you are talking about.
All of my work is carried out “Off Horse” and I frequently works alongside trainers, coaches and riding instructors and am open to working with you and your coach when that is appropriate.
All enquiries and sessions are treated with complete confidentiality.
Your privacy is very important to me and steps are in place to protect the data I hold about you. All notes are in paper form and are accessed only by me. The sheet with your name, address etc on it is held separately from your case notes which are then only identifiable by a client number. Notes are held for seven years after which time they are destroyed.
I only use email for marketing purposes after you have subscribed to receiving emails from me. You are free to unsubscribe at any time.
Any other emails are purely correspondence from clients seeking information and appointments. My email account is only accessed by myself.
Any clients may request to see what information I hold about them at any time.