I am an experienced Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. I trained as a doctor in London at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine. My General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatric training was at St George’s Hospital in London. I have undertaken additional training in Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Caswell Clinic in South Wales and Reaside in Birmingham.
I have worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Wales and the South West of England since 1992. In addition to a broad experience working with children and their families in a community setting I have also worked with children in a range of residential settings including custodial, education, care and hospital settings.
I continue to work part-time for the NHS.
Equine Assisted Learning and Therapy
Equine Assisted Therapy or Learning (EAT/EAL) broadly refers to any type of therapy, treatment or training that includes equine interactions, activities or treatment strategies and the equine milieu.
I work with my herd of four horses from a rural location in mid Wales.
My interest began some years ago as I became aware that clinic based interventions, particularly talking therapies, were unhelpful for some and aversive for others. That led to an interest in experiential ways of working and to an exploration of the various models of equine assisted therapy and learning. All work with the horses takes place on the ground.
Whilst it has been important to me to meld my expertise as a psychiatrist and therapist with the equine learning and to offer something more than the sense of well-being that comes with time spent in natural surroundings it is important to acknowledge that the site itself plays an important part in the benefits of the work with the horses.
As we strive to develop the site sensitively and with a focus on regenerating the land it is also important to us to feel that the site can be enjoyed by others. In particular a small number of people with severe learning difficulties have been able to visit, sometimes just taking pleasure as they watch the horses from the safety of a car, sometimes stroking the horses and offering carrots.
The horses and the land which supports them are a constant source of wonder and joy.