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HumAnima CIC is a West Midlands based social enterprise which focuses on providing a specialised and unique counselling service to those in the local area. HumAnima CICs Director, Kathryn, has lived in the area for most of her life and feels committed to assisting the local community.

At present HumAnima CICs developing projects are centred on a counselling service for disadvantaged communities who otherwise may not be able to access such vital aid.

The company is also aiming to work together with local businesses and establishments to offer its services.

HumAnima CIC is one of a kind in providing organisations and establishments with tailor-made Animal Assisted Therapy programmes. Together with your organisation and your clients HumAnima CIC can design, establish and implement an AAT programme to help meet your clients’ needs. Ongoing research points to the value of interaction with animals and nature in general. Programmes working towards a client’s psychological, emotional and physical goals might involve, for example, gradually increased social interaction with peers in a residential setting through therapeutic activities involving a therapy dog. Such activities might simply take the form of a game of fetch or a grooming session. [PIC]

HumAnima CIC is able to offer a confidential and effective service to you in a professional and accessible location in Wolverhampton or within your organisation’s own premises. All clients are invited to come to their first session FREE OF CHARGE to see how we might work together and if you are happy to continue, to introduce you to HumAnima CIC’s approach.

As a Community Interest Company, HumAnima CIC has a strong ethical conscience focusing on well-being and especially of those of the local area. Having a person-centred background, it is a non-judgemental, open-minded and non discriminatory service available to all.

Any profits made by HumAnima CIC are reinvested back into the organisation for further development and to help it to continue to achieve and support its social aims.

Community Interest Companies (CIC’s) are formed and run for the benefit of the community rather for the benefit of the owners of the company. As the Community Interest Companies Regulator states “[…] This means that a CIC cannot be formed or used solely for the personal gain of a particular person, or group of people.”

A CIC is also a form of Social Enterprise and so all of HumAnima CIC’s profits will be reinvested into the company to achieve our social objectives in the local community.

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At HumAnima, 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

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 wellbeing, nature and ecopsychology.

From an early age, Kathryn developed a deep interest in the human-animal bond and in particular that between humans and dolphins. As a result of this, she worked with Dr Horace Dobbs, renowned dolphin researcher and Founder of International Dolphin Watch (IDW) on The Dilo Project. This project sought to recreate the dolphin experience without captive dolphins. Instead, it looked to merge and incorporate multi-sensory therapies with a range of alternative therapies and treatments to recreate the magic of dolphin encounters.

More recently, Kathryn has focused her interest specifically on working in partnership with animals and nature. She completed a Professional Certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy and then went on to complete a Foundation Certificate in Animals and Horticulture as Therapy. Whilst completing her Masters dissertation, she looked at ‘Counsellor Attitudes and Experiences Towards Incorporating Animal Assisted Therapy into Practice’.

Because of her interest in nature, Kathryn has become particularly interested in ‘Green Care’. This is a term which encompasses the many forms of therapeutic and beneficial interactions with nature such as Animal Assisted Interventions, Ecotherapy, Social and Therapeutic Horticulture and Care Farming. In 2008 she attended the COST 866 Conference on Green Care in Thessaloniki, Greece where she presented her masters research. This COST initiative has produced impressive results and furthered profound developments in the green care field and continues to do so.

Kathryn trained in person-centred counselling but also applies solution focused methods to her work with clients. All clients require a different and individually tailored approach and this diversity and uniqueness is reflected in Kathryn’s flexible and open style. Ultimately, Kathryn believes that what matters is each individual’s unique experience and her support will help you to process and grow from that experience.

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Flossie is a 4 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.

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

She recently, 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.

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.

Counselling is time for you. It is an opportunity for you to look at any difficulties, challenges or issues that you may be facing. These might be linked to the workplace, home, family, about you past, present or future – anything. In counselling you can explore these issues in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment where you can address them with the right support. It is an opportunity to work through challenges by looking at them from different perspectives which in turn can help you see things with more clarity, how you might want them change and to find alternative and additional solutions.

Within counselling AAT is a goal directed approach in which a temperament assessed and suitably trained therapy animal is an integral part of the treatment process. In this case, we will be working with Flossie, an English Cocker Spaniel who loves people. Flossie’s presence in the session can provide you with additional comfort and support which you may find invaluable when working through difficult issues. She can provide a focus, act as an achor or simply be present for physical comfort. She certainly won’t put her nose up at a tummy rub or a scratch behind the ears!

Here with HumAnima CIC you have a choice. A counselling session without Animal Assisted Therapy will involve us working within a private room where the space is yours. You can talk about anything you wish. Concerns that some people address in counselling sessions can include amongst other things:

  • Anger
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Illness
  • Disability
  • Bullying
  • Faith
  • Confidence/ Self-esteem
  • Weight
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug/ Alcohol addictions
  • Trauma
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Debt
  • Family

Sessions are arranged on a weekly basis and last 50 minutes. The frequency of sessions can be negotiated. For some, 3 sessions can be enough, whilst others may choose to attend more. However, we will always review at the 6th session.

Sessions with Animal Assisted Therapy are no different, other than Flossie, the therapy dog being present. Structure of sessions is the same only you may feel more at ease and relaxed with Flossie present. Prior to starting counselling we will discuss your needs and suitability for counselling with AAT, if you are interested, as it is important that everyone is safe and comfortable during the sessions. We will spend the first half of the session getting to know one another and I will be able to tell you a bit more about what you can expect. There will of course be opportunity for you to share your background, what it is you may wish to explore and your expectations. At the end of our first session, if you are happy to continue working together we can discuss some objectives and how and when we will meet in future.

Confidentiality is one of the most important factors when building a relationship with clients. Everything that we discuss within those four walls will remain confidential UNLESS I feel that you may be a risk to yourself or others (especially children). I have a Duty of Care to disclose information that may prevent such harm occurring.

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.

Not a problem as long as it is within 24 hours of your appointment. Otherwise you will be charged for the session. We like to be flexible but also need to be fair.

Every counsellor is different. Every person is different. Much of our work will be based upon the therapeutic relationship we build. I qualified with a Master of Science in Counselling Psychology at Keele University in 2009. The course is accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and as a Member I am bound by their Ethical Framework. The BACP are, if you like, the counselling and psychotherapy equivalent of having a “Gas Safe Registered” Engineer. Whilst it is not a legal requirement to be a Member or to be affiliated with the BACP, they are a professional body who have minimum standards and eligibility in order to ensure affiliated practitioners are safe and suitably qualified.