Horse / Animal experience
Maggie grew up in beautiful sunny Queensland and has always had an affinity with nature. To say Maggie loves animals is an understatement. She was originally drawn to animal-assisted therapy due to her keen interest in dogs although Maggie now incorporates miniature ponies, goats, cats and nature into her practice.
Maggie has witnessed the benefits of working with animals and nature and how they can help to bring our awareness to the present moment.
Professional experience and practice
Maggie is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in a broad range of care settings delivering both individual and group therapy with children, adults and couples. She has years of experience facilitating Tuning in to Kids, a parenting program that focuses on the emotional connection between parents/carers and their children. She has also facilitated primary school workshops supporting emotional wellbeing and healthy relationship awareness. Maggie works with children from 6 to 11 years old experiencing anxiety, mood issues, stress management, behavioural and social issues, anger, grief, ADHD and ASD.
Maggie uses evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Self-compassion and Mindfulness skills training and Motivational Interviewing. Through clinical experience, she has learnt the importance of a good collaborative therapeutic relationship and uses working with animals and nature to enhance engagement to deliver evidence-based therapy. Maggie brings genuine warmth, empathy, and care to all those she works with.