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 - diploma level

Assist - Applied suicide intervention skills

St Catherine's Hospice - Bereavement training

TA 101

Experience of working with suicidal ideation

Experience of working with Carers


Fully insured

DBS checked

I work within the ethical guidelines of CMA

I attend continuous personal development courses


I work with a wide range of presenting issues but specialise in helping those who are having suicidal thoughts, contemplating suicide or have been bereaved by suicide.  

Please call and we can discuss how I can be of help to you. 

Oh! and   I enjoy paddling in the sea !

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