The women of my family have for generations held a profound relationship with horses, living side-by-side with herds allowing a valuable insight into the complex nature of these highly empathetic creatures. As a child, under the guidance of my grandmother, I experienced the extraordinary healing power of horses and witnessed their ability to reconnect humans with deep instinct and intuition. This sparked a life-long passion to help others reconnect with their own interior worlds through working with herds.
My earliest memories are of my grandmother’s relationship with horses which she bred, nurtured and lived with as an extension of her family. After an early childhood loss of witnessing my brother’s death, my grandmother encouraged me to spend as much time with horses as possible facilitating a deep healing process. My connection with horses is integral to my ancestral narrative, my daily life and my own process of healing and self awareness. Following another personal loss, I decided to commit to this work leading to training as an Equine Facilitated Psychotherapist at Epona in Arizona, USA under Linda Kohanov and Kathleen Barry Ingraham and bringing this extraordinary work to the UK in 2006.
I have spent the past 13 years developing a unique approach to Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy and Family Constellation Work alongside the herd, combining my experience as a practicing psychotherapeutic counsellor and supervisor with my matrilineal deep relationship to horses.
Working in the fields of bereavement, relationships, fertility, sexuality, trauma, addiction, adoption and youth for twenty-one years, my approach is holistic combining the somatic (of the body), systemic (of the family) and shamanic (of the spirit). My work supports clients through a journey of self-discovery towards achieving connection between body, mind, spirit and environment.
I am a provider of counselling for Gloucestershire County Council staff and external supervision for Jamie’s Farm, Gwent Police Force, Heads of Primary and Secondary Schools in Gloucestershire and Gwent NHS. I also supervise a wide range of counsellors and psychotherapists in private practice.
Other organisations I have worked for include Cruse, Bristol Drugs Project, Gloucestershire Young Carers, Mind, CLD Youth Counselling Service and Hope.
For thirteen years I have been running individual and group workshops in Family Systemic Work both with and without the herd, an ongoing Supervision group with the herd and “Growing with the herd” a self development group.
More recently, in 2016, I returned to Eponaquest for further training in leadership and am now approved to deliver Master Herder leadership training, which is applicable to a business or family situation.
Miranda’s qualifications :
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapist, Epona
Epona Approved Instructor
Dip. Humanistic & Integrative Counselling, bcpc
Leadership Trainer, Master Herder Approach, Eponaquest.
Family Systemic Work, CWT
Dip. HE Youth & Community Work, UWE
Trained in Couples Counselling with Jill Gabriel