Jenny was very ill as a small child and for most of her life thought nothing of it. However, in 2014, whilst travelling with a Peruvian shaman, the symptoms of her childhood trauma suddenly revealed themselves. The shaman pointed out her tendency to dissociate and re-enact old unresolved scenarios along with a developmental delay. As a former vocational rehabilitation case manager, she was curious.

For thirty-five years, Jenny’s day-to-day work with a variety of professionals – clinical and counselling psychologists, mental health nurses, speech therapists, and occupational therapists – had centered around the provision of rehabilitation and return-to-work programs for people suffering from a variety of physical and mental health conditions, but how to do this for herself?

First, she looked into a number of alternative healing methods including shamanism. At the time, energetic work terrified her. However, looking back, this route was obvious given her upbringing. Bought up on a Somerset farm by a mother who thought nothing of giving a child or an animal hands-on-healing and schooled in places such as Glastonbury, alternative practitioners had always been part of her world.

Jenny travelled extensively in her early adult years and lived in Australia for nearly twenty, so was used to new experiences and unfamiliar terrain. A spiritual experience whilst sailing the high seas – a trans-Atlantic voyage – had stayed with her. Likewise, a number of wonderful stories associated with her work territory of 250,000 square miles in rural/remote Queensland, had never been forgotten. However, it was the three years spent travelling around her psyche, to the sound of a shaman’s drum, which took Jenny on a hero’s journey. It was there, she met the fairy story characters and cartoon figures, reminiscent of her early childhood.

Now, she has come full circle. The energetic work is a big part of her practice but recently she has noticed her rehabilitation skills are coming back into use.

‘If I am honest both have been instrumental in helping me to get to what is a comfortable and happy place.’

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A part of me has continued to act as a two-year-old, I have changed or re-created my memories of childhood events and tend to compulsively re-enact the traumatic elements of my life.

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