Alexandra Graves (Psychotherapist & Equine Specialist)
After finishing my Honours Degree in History I moved to London and began training as a body therapist in 1991, studying aromatherapy, Swedish massage and holistic massage. A year later I started a full-time private practice in Surrey and Middlesex.
As my practice and experience developed I became interested in different therapies and in 1997 I trained as a Craniosacral therapist. The following year I started my Core Process psychotherapy MA which I completed in 2007. Currently I have a private practise in Chesterfield and Sheffield offering Craniosacral Therapy, psychotherapy, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and supervision.
I grew up with horses, as my family ran a very small stud farm. I began to learn to ride at the age of nine. When I moved to London I lost all contact with horses. This resumed when I returned to Chesterfield in 2003 as my father had begun breeding Traditional Cobs. My passion for horses returned. I began riding again. I bought my first horse in 2007, who now works in the Two Ash Stables EAP programme with me. We have also officially graduated Parelli Natural Horsemanship Level 2 and have two Level 3s.
I became interested in EAP around 2005 due to a colleague recommending ‘The Tao of Equus’ by Linda Kohanov. Since 2007 I have been in the process of setting up the collaborative EAP service, Two Ash Stables. I am trained in the EAGALA model and the LEAP Method. Horses’ energetic sensitivity, present moment awareness, natural being nature and unconditional acceptance have been profoundly healing for me.
Qualified in Aromatherapy and began full time private practice.
1994 to present
Appointed First Aid at Work Certificate.
Qualified as a Craniosacral Therapist.
Diploma and M.A. in Core Process Psychotherapy
Started psychotherapy practice
Post graduate Somatic Trauma Training with Babette Rothschild
Accreditation with United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP)
Membership with British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)
Certification with EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association)
Diploma in Person Centred Supervision with Temenos
Completion of EAGALA Advanced Training
Temenos Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People
DBS Enhanced Check
Crossfields Institute Level 5 Diploma in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy: The LEAP Method