Alison Clift

Equine Therapist

What did you do before your role at Noosa Confidential:

I began my working life in the UK Military and then moved into social welfare based work. I have enjoyed a number of roles including:

  • Qualified Teacher – PE
  • Captain in the British Army – Sandhurst, served in UK Germany and Cyprus.
  • Cambridge County Council – Social Services, working with school refusers and child protection.
  • Cambridge County Council- Social Services Management Development – Leading Health and Social services management development program. This involved setting up the program, accreditation, lecturing, mentoring and assessment.
  • SRI – Training Manager, responsible for the review and upgrade of the current training within the industry. I developed on-line training videos, and competency-based SOPs and training programs. I also set up and ran industry the scholarship program and initiated annual training conference and workshops.

Why do you choose to work at NC?

I have known Pettina for several years and have always followed her work, I believe in the holistic integrated approach and enjoy learning from my colleagues.

The Equine Assisted sessions give the program another dimension, the unique interactions between client and horse, provide powerful feedback without judgement or agenda, allowing clients to experiment physically with activities like holding space, setting boundaries and connecting. This works seamlessly with other modalities used in the program and through the therapist and staff communication to enhance the opportunities for growth for the client.

What does a general day look like in your work?

There is no general day!!

I oversee horse and facility maintenance, complete Noosa Confidential client sessions and Horses and Humans sessions which is charity based work with people affected by Domestic Violence.

Why are you most proud to do the work you do?

Seeing a ‘light bulb moment’ or seeing someone do something successfully that they though they couldn’t.

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