It’s been some time since my last post as it’s all been happening. Several things have happened with HumAnima CIC, starting with the addition of two Directors to the Board.

Dr John Hegarty

Dr John Hegarty, has 40+ years of experience as an applied psychologist working in a university department, where he has carried out action research in collaboration with organisations for people with special support needs. He has a private practice in hypnotherapy and nature-guided counselling. He was a member of the EU scientifiic panel COAST 866 on “green care in agriculture” and has researched and published on people’s connectedness with nature and its health benefits. He is on the board of directors of two farm-based social enterprises and has established “Green Age” as a not for profit social enterprise offering day support on his farm for older people.



Mrs Susan Turner, has also joined the Board of Directors. Mrs Turner has a background in counselling and has worked extensively as a Counsellor and also in the learning disability field as a Senior Day Centre Officer. She has had a career-long interest in Gerard Egan’s Model, which is expanded upon in his book “The Skilled Helper“.


With our new Directors on board, HumAnima CIC will be able to deliver a more professional service. We will be working together to ensure that our work is of the highest standard and that we continue to deliver high quality, engaging, motivating and supportive services; be that through counselling or workshops.

Also, in light of the recent Permaculture course I went on, I am continuing to explore the nature in therapy theme. On the 14th January 2012, I will be attending a course at Keele University in their new Sustainability Hub buildings where Dr Hegarty will be delivering “Nature as Co-therapist” together with Janet Heath. For more information, please click here.

With the New Year, come new ideas, new resolutions and new responsibilities. 2012 looks set to be a promising year for CIC’s, however, it will all depend on how we each offer and develop our services. Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to get it together and start (or re-start!) some hard work!

This year will see an Introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy course being developed and run, along with an Animal Assisted Therapy in Care Farming, Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling and Animal Assisted Therapy in Mental Health courses being developed. If you think you might be interested in attending anyof these courses or know somebody who would, then please get in touch info(@)

I’m brimming with ideas for the new year and will be getting them down in hard copy in the hope of securing HumAnima CIC’s future and the future of furthering counselling and animal assisted therapy here in the UK.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! May 2012 be filled with love, laughter, good health, success, friendship and peace of mind!

Flossie says "Happy New Year!!"