My name is Shirley Bass and while I was training as a Humanistic Integrated Counsellor I attended an Animal Assisted Therapy workshop. I was amazed at the impact of using animals within a counselling session had on the clients. Working with different types of animals from horses to guinea pigs I experienced clients having the type of breakthrough in one session that may have normally taken several sessions to achieve. I decided then to specialise
in Animal Assisted Therapy which has become my passion.
Qualification, training and experience
Diploma in Animal Assisted Therapy
Humanistic Integrated Counselling BACP
Assist - Applied suicide intervention skills
St Catherine's Hospice - Bereavement training
Experience of working with suicidal ideation
Experience of working with Carers
I work with children, adults and older adults
I work within the ethical guidelines of the ACC, NCS & CMA
I attend continuous personal development courses
I specialise in helping those who are having suicidal thoughts, contemplating suicide or have been bereaved by suicide.
However you do not need to be in crisis to seek counselling, you may have a difficult decision to make or are feeling generally anxious and panicky and don't know why. I can provide a safe space for you to explore what is happening in your life at this time.
Oh! and I enjoy paddling in the sea !