“I found this course immensely useful, and thoroughly enjoyable. Kathryn engaged us from the start and I felt I learnt so much from the 3 days. If you have a genuine interest in Animal Assisted Therapy this is the course for you. Thank you so much for widening my skills and knowledge base.”
“Kathryn’s course provided me with a great background to Animal Assisted therapy. She provided much research information with specific guidelines on animal welfare and ethics, Once great example (and star of the show) was Flossie, her therapy assistant dog, who greeted each candidate on arrival with a quiet friendly manner which set us at ease for the day, and gave an instant example of how animals can reduce stress and tension. Thank you Kathryn and Flossie for a day well spent.”
“Kathryn and Flossie came along to one of our coffee mornings, which we hold for women and men who have been sexually abused. She explored the theme of how animals can assist people to cope with the effects of sexual abuse and rebuild their self esteem, confidence and feel safe again about touch. 12 survivors attended and really enjoyed sharing with each other, learning about how we communicate with animals and meeting Flossie of course! Kathryn and Flossie even helped one of our clients, who was terrified of dogs, to feel less anxious around them and by the end of the coffee morning he’d even had enough confidence to stroke Flossie. All the abuse survivors thoroughly enjoyed their time with Kathryn and Flossie and felt inspired about how animals could give them hope again after sexual abuse.”
Welcome to HumAnima CIC – a West Midlands based social enterprise providing a professional humanistic counselling and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) service to individuals and organisations.
Counselling provides people with an opportunity, a space, within which they can explore their thoughts, feelings and emotions in a safe and trusting environment. By providing support and a suitable environment HumAnima CIC’s clients are invited to explore and address any issues, challenges or concerns they would like to. Counselling can help with a wide variety of concerns which might include anger, bereavement, depression, anxiety, issues surrounding faith, sexuality, domestic violence, debt, drug misuse and stress.
HumAnima CIC’s uniqueness comes in its ability to provide you with the choice of an additional approach to your counselling experience – in the form of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT). In HumAnima CIC’s case this technique will mainly involve a trained and temperament assessed Therapy Dog being present in the room during the counselling session. This has already been reported in several papers as being sufficient to reduce anxiety, increase therapeutic rapport thus contributing towards the client’s positive therapeutic progress.
It is important to point out that different approaches suit different people. Where one approach may work for one person, it may not for another. As a result of this, I may combine the use of the approaches I have developed in order to tailor it to the individual and suit his or her needs.
HumAnima CIC has aimed to make counselling sessions as affordable as possible and will take into account an individual’s financial circumstances to accommodate where possible.
HumAnima CIC has received support from UnLtd
Our Mission and Philosophy
At HumAnima CIC, we have the following aims:
- To support positive mental health and wellbeing
- To rekindle and encourage a closer relationship with nature
- To promote, enjoy and learn from diversity and equality
- To nurture self-fulfilment and personal growth
- To provide an open, honest and responsible service to the community
I undertake regular supervision during which I discuss my cases in order to be able to develop professionally and to understand and serve my clients better. However, names are not given and your details will remain anonymous. Supervision is a professional requirement that enables me to maintain a high standard and quality of work and helps me to be the best I can be for you. I will take notes after the end of each session that I can refer back to, which will be kept in a locked and secure place. Names are coded. You can always ask for a copy of the notes I keep and these will be kept whilst we work together and for a period of time thereafter, after which they will be destroyed.