- Somatic Therapist – Psychotherapist
- Advanced EponaQuestTM Instructor – Linda Kohanov
- Trained in Somatic Experiencing – Traumatherapy by Peter Levine
- Equine Therapist
- Founder of The Grace Approach
Since early childhood, horses have always played an important role in my life. As a young child I already felt drawn to these powerful and sensitive creatures. Together with a childhood friend from my neighbourhood, I would often visit a Fjord mare on a field not far from my parents’ house. I could not imagine anything better than being close to horses to feel their warmth and enjoy their lovely smell.
Once an adult, I longed to work with horses professionally, but had to put these ambitions on hold: in my home country of Liechtenstein it was simply not possible to find any suitable training. I was also strongly influenced by my family, who wanted me to embark upon a more secure career path, and this led me to the banking industry.
It was only 20 years later, after a successful career in finance, and gaining diplomas in somatic Psychotherapy and Horse-assisted learning, that I was finally able to pursue my calling. Despite being initially nervous about setting up my own business, I was driven by a strong desire to follow my heart and turn my dream of working with horses into reality.
However, I was still taking my time in putting all the necessary steps in place when I got the jolt that I needed: in 2011 my job at the bank was becoming more and more demanding and I was given additional roles and responsibilities. It became clear to me then that if I wanted to meet the bank’s expectations, I would have to devote myself 100% to the task. At the same time I could sense that my energy and intuition were leading me in a different direction: towards horses. After many sleepless nights and stressful days, I was finally forced to make a decision.
At this difficult time, my horses were by my side, giving me the strength to make the bold move. In their still, watchful presence I was able to become still and aware of my inner self. I had not always been able to do this as I had been harbouring a lot of anger and dealing with old wounds. I was afraid to follow my heart’s desire and to stand up for what I believed. But my horses were there to support and inspire me and I felt that they were saying “What are you waiting for? You are not alone. We are ready. It’s time to begin! “.
How my horses showed me the way
Because of the wounds and pain resulting from my own childhood experiences, I knew what it was like to feel alone and powerless. My journey had taken to me to live in many different places and countries, and I had been through some intense times. However, my soul searching was still driving me onwards. I had spent many years of my life searching for meaning: Why am I here? What is the purpose of life?
In my search for answers, my horses stood by my side to show me blockages or unconscious patterns that needed to be integrated. Below I would like to share with you how each of my animals has contributed to my personal development. This will give you an idea of what horses can do for each and every one of us…
My horses and dog Maui touch me deeply and they contribute to my personal journey and growth. Through their unconditional presence they help me to find an inner space with myself within which I can feel myself. They give me loving patience in the confrontation with myself. With their honesty, generosity and simple presence they have guided me towards finding my own path and personal strength. They are my guides with regards to my life task, which is intimately connected to them. I carry the desire in my heart to share the wisdom of the horses with others, which will lead them to a deep connection with themselves.