A friend recently asked me the question “What do you do?” It was in relation to adding me to a Facebook group where she would introduce me with a description of my work.
I had to stop and think as the question has two possible meanings. Either, how do I carry out my work i.e. what method do I use or, what effect does my work have on the people I work with?
Whilst I could offer some kind of an explanation for the first interpretation of the question, I honestly had no idea about answering the second, so I asked a few of my friends and clients if they would enlighten me from their perspective as to what was their experience of having a session.
Their kind words are below along with some lovely testimonials I have subsequently received from clients.
On 1st August 2021 I received this beautiful message from Erin who has kindly given me permission to share it.
Erin had got in touch and asked if I would work with her horse Sandar. We duly arranged a session for 26th July. As is my usual way of working, I had no information other than the horses name and the time zone in which they lived.
Just wanted to thank you again for working with my horse Sandar. Since our session Monday 7/26 he has opened his heart, mind and body to me in ways I could never have imagined!
Sandar wasn’t suffering from any health condition. We are new to each other. He’s a fantastic horse, but for many years was with the wrong human. He lost his love of work, and his drive. He became very shut down and cynical around people. His ears were always back. He was always biting and gnashing at the cross ties.
I wasn’t going to buy him, and everyone at the barn said I was making a mistake. I follow Warwick Schiller. I knew his problems were all people related. They were. They still are. I’ve been working so hard to understand him, gain his trust, and show him we both can experience this life in a better space.
Enter you, and your ability to facilitate. Your work has made a difference. I express my heart felt thanks.
I included a picture of the two of us. So you could put faces to those you have helped.
Forever grateful…..Erin and Sandar. “
And when I asked her about if he responded in any way during the session she wrote.
I was with Sandar when you were working on him. It’s funny because I could tell, I believe when you started. He gave a huge release, big yawn and started blowing. Sandar then walked off and continued to graze peacefully.
About mid way through the session he came up to me. Sandar approached me very softly, with this loving warm energy. He nuzzled my chest, and placed his muzzle in my hands. (He has never done this before when he’s in turn out). Then he turned, slowly walked away and went back to grazing.
It’s odd, but I really felt his presence when he approached me. So full of loving, soft energy. And I might be crazy, but it’s like he was acknowledging the process. And giving me a thank you.
This feels long overdue, but I have been wanting and meaning to reach out to you to update you since our session together.
Ah, where to start. It took a few days, and I think the sceptic/ ‘scientist’ / fearful parts of myself were holding on to hope and resistance, but I couldn’t help but feel differences. Honestly, it was the first time in as long as I can remember that I can say I have truly felt a sense of calm on a whole-being level. Even as someone who preferences a bottom-up approach to change/ therapy/ learning, I can’t say I’ve ever been able to have an experience quite like the way I felt after our session. I’m not even sure if this makes sense, but the differences really came into focus for me during my monthly supervision session with my psychologist. She has worked with me closely in processing past trauma and my often ‘always on’ way of operating both cognitively and physically. She really noticed a difference without any intention for her to from me, and wanted to know what I had done haha!
I can’t thank you enough. there is so much I could talk to, like the absence of constant buzzing, the way I hold my breath stopped, I could really tune into life, conversation, nature with all of my senses, and more than ever I felt the ability to be calm and present in my contact with others. Those words you said to me really resonated about being the voice and speaking my truth. So many opportunities and doors have opened since I’ve trusted myself to speak when I would normally not, and to put my hand up when I would doubt myself. Soon after our session I actually had the opportunity to take over the role of trainer for Queensland for the institute of equine-assisted psychotherapy in Australia, so I’m now training other psychologists and counsellors in this wonderful work, which just feels like all of my passions rolled into one! Normally I wouldn’t share this news with someone I’m not super familiar with as it feels a bit braggy, but I just feel like it’s all relevant. The horses are doing wonderfully too, we have a new little mini called Duke who has joined Dakota and Tala and there is a real balance and calmness to them I feel, and the little guy brings so much joy!
I am still working a lot in my quite stressful job at a school, involving a lot that I can do very little about, a lot of child protection stuff and a lot that is hard for me to shake off. I feel the buzzing returning, the tension in my body, and I’m craving working with you some more. I don’t know how you feel about this as I know generally you work with people once, but I don’t know, I just feel drawn to having another session. I had this grand plan that I would push through until the point that I can leave this job and work in my private practice full time, and then treat myself to the awakening, haha. With the story that it would help to ‘reset’ or get rid of what has managed to accumulate in the time back in that working environment.
But if I’m really listening to my body, I don’t really want to keep trying to push through. I really feel like a lot of it is what I take in from work particularly. I don’t know if this aligns with your ways of working, but if it does, I’d really love to look at booking in another session for myself sometime soon, and then talk to you more about booking in the awakening at the end of this year or early next year.
Apologies for the length of this ramble! I hope you don’t mind me getting in touch,
Heather July 2021
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