Let Us Introduce Ourselves ........
Sharon van Rensburg
I am blessed to be able to combine my passion for horses with that of working with people ~ especially children & teens. In the past ten years I have been fortunate enough to become more oriented to working with people, of all ages, in the EAL and EAP fields. I have been working with Jeanie for the past four years and this work never ceases to be nothing short of inspiring, with each and every session bearing testament to the value that is added to people's lives through the combined input of the psychologist, horse specialist and the horse/s. We certainly make for an empowering team of facilitators. I am a firm believer in working at 'grass roots level' and teaching Horse Skills to children and teens from the ages of 6 to 16 yrs. either in groups or individually, entrenches my belief that horses have attributes in their make up that are fundamentally pivotal in assisting humans to build both their EQ and IQ levels. Being able to combine my love of horses with this "work" is nothing short of fulfilling.
Jeanie is a clinical psychologist in private practice with a special interest in relationships and communication. Her professional manifesto is: "I relate therefore I am, so how I impact on you and how you impact on me, determines the nature and quality of our being" (Charl Vorster, 2011). Her focus is on health and wellness, and assisting people to reach their full potential in all domains of their lives. Interactional Psychotherapy maintains that all people are inherently good, and have inherent potential to self-actualise, but experience distress when their ineffective coping mechanisms result in problems in living. Interactional Psychotherapy is aimed to be relatively short-term, the therapist's endeavour is to "put herself out of business" by faciliating clients to no longer need therapy. Even the biggest, strongest 4 x 4 can get stuck in a sand dune, and it is the aim of therapy to give the vehicle a tow out of the stuckess so that it can continue on its path, unhindered.
Qualifications : MA Clinical Psychologist (UNISA, 2008)
I have always been very involved with children. I have taken a very keen interest in my children's education and emotional and physical development. When my youngest was a baby, we attended Moms and Tots workshops. Through this, I decided to become more involved and bought into the franchise and trained through various early childhood development courses and opened up Jungle Tots Rivonia. I ran a thriving playgroup for 4 fulfilling years, which was the beginning of my lifelong dream of working with children. I then relocated out to the 'country' with my children and decided to follow my heart and build and develop my natural based playgroup, being Organikidz Playgroup. We are currently in our 3rd year and have grown to full capacity, catering to children aged between 18mnths and 4 years. I have recently developed a children’s empowerment programme, runniing workshops for older children focusing on their emotional, physical and spiritual development as a whole. I am extremely passionate about this as I have noticed an ever-increasing demand for children to be allowed the space and time to develop their talents and potential in a fun, creative and nurturing environment.
I am a mother, teacher, student, reader and dreamer with passion for education and improving our country one child at a time.
My journey with horses began on holiday in Lesotho with a pony named “Boy” and I have been fortunate to have these beautiful creatures in my life ever since. As much as I knew horses were always meant to be a part of my life, I felt the same way about psychology and was drawn to the idea of using the magic and power of horses on the road to healing people. I completed my Masters degree in Counselling Psychology in 2013. Practicing as a Counselling Psychologist and incorporating Equine Assisted Psychotherapy has allowed me to find the perfect way to give people the opportunity to experience the healing power of horses.