HumAnima's Director & her Co-therapist!

Kathryn’s Story

Kathryn is HumAnima CIC’s Director and Counsellor. She graduated with a Masters in Counselling Psychology from Keele University in Staffordshire. She has a longstanding interest in psychology, mental health well-being, nature and ecopsychology.

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Meet Flossie

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Flossie is a 6 year old English Cocker Spaniel. She is very even tempered and well trained. Flossie is also a registered Pets As Therapy (PAT) dog. This means that she has passed an assessment which has recognised her as being suitable for therapeutic visits to different public locations such as schools, hospitals or residential homes.

A few years ago, Flossie successfully gave birth to her first litter of puppies which consisted of 4 boys and 2 girls. All puppies were healthy and happy although one little chap had a bit of trouble feeding from Flossie so we supplement fed him with a bottle and Lactol. Surprise, surprise we fell in love with the little fellow who has been aptly named Dinky (as he was the smallest although not the “runt”) and are now keeping him. Flossie now has a fellow furry friend who she can romp with to her heart’s content.

dinky and his mum

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Flossie regularly attends agility classes, loves chasing balls and squirrels and (unfortunately!) wading in muddy puddles!

Flossie is not only Kathryn’s companion animal but also her co-therapist. If you are interested in having Flossie present during your counselling session, she will be more than happy to attend (in return for a stroke and perhaps a small scratch behind the ear!) Just let Kathryn know.

  • Even Tempered and Well Trained
  • Registered Pets As Therapy (PAT) Dog
  • Kathryn’s Co-Therapist and Companion
Flossie is a 6yr old English Cocker Spaniel. First and foremost she is my beloved companion but she also fulfils a special role as Canine Co-therapist. She also happens to be a qualified Pets As Therapy (http://www.petsastherapy.org) dog and she passed their temperament assessment as a youngster. Flossie attended training classes very regularly for the first 3yrs of her life and so is a very obedient and well-behaved little girl.  We also completed the Society for Companion Animal Studies’ (SCAS – http://www.scas.org.uk) “Practical Therapy Dog Training” together.
When Flossie is working with me during my counselling sessions, she likes to meet and greet the client and seems to know what they need – whether that’s a reason to laugh, someone to cuddle or a shoulder to cry on. Flossie has also helped a number of people deal with their dog phobias and those people were really grateful and took quite a shine to Flossie!
Flossie loves: playing ball, chasing squirrels, going for walks, cuddle and brushing time, biscuits and especially liver treats!

Flossie hates: baths, walking in the rain.

Flossie is fed on Fish4dogs (http://www.fish4dogs.com), a fantsatic complete diet that really keeps her coat beautiful and shiny!

Flossie’s “beau” is a Staffie x Lab called Major who lives at the local pub. She’s infatuated with him but I think it’s a bit of a one sided relationship! Shhhh! Don’t tell Flo that though!

 

“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.”
Leah Brzeska, AAT Course Testimonial, Post Graduate Psychology researcher, Newtown, Powys
“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.”
Victoria B. Berringer, AAT Course Testimonial, Counsellor, Staffordshire
“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.”
Lisa Thompson, RSVP (Rape and Sexual Violence Project)

Here is a Selection of the Projects we’re on with!

Flossie and I are adding several new webinars and more programmes that allow you to get a flavour for HumAnima CIC.

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Are You Interested In Our AAT Programmes, Counselling or Simply Working with
Animals to Help People?

Contact Kathryn at HumAnima CIC; A West Midlands based social enterprise providing counselling & Animal Assisted Therapy
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