About Chiron

Hi, my name is Jackie, and I am the founder of Chiron Transform Trauma Centre in South West Wales. I have been a therapist for over twenty years, during which time I have trained in a range of approaches and worked holistically with individuals and groups to inform, support and transform the physical and psychological effects of Trauma, PTSD and related comorbidities such as addiction, anxiety, depression, flashbacks, nightmares, emotional problems and somatic symptomology.

Please see my CV for a list of my qualitfications and achievements to date, or read through this page for an idea of some of the therapy techniques I offer through Chiron.

My Approach to Therapy

Initial stages of therapy include Psycho-educational assessment and diagnostics for trauma and complex PTSD. During this time a personalised therapeutic formulation plan will be co-constructed and as active participants in the therapeutic relationship, we will agree the therapeutic alliance. This will include and outline the suggested treatment protocol, time duration of sessions, ethical conduct and other considerations such as safety planning.

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Once initial assessments are complete, the first stages of trauma treatment will commence, this consisting of emotional regulation and stabilisation and may include some of the following:

Schema therapy
STAIR protocol (Skills Training in Affect and Interpersonal Regulation)
Breath work
Grounding techniques
Yoga Therapy
Equine-Assisted Therapy
Brain Spotting

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As a trauma-informed therapist, sessions align with the NICE guidelines for Psychotraumatology and include evidence-based protocols such as:

CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy)
NET (Narrative Exposure Therapy)
PET (Prolonged Exposure Therapy)
IRRT (Image Rescripting and Reprocessing Therapy)
ERRT (Exposure Relaxation Rescripting Therapy)
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Rescripting)
Post-traumatic growth

Recovery and Integration

The aim of therapy is to process the traumatic experience, imbed neurological and behavioural changes and reduce the impact of traumatic symptoms on daily life and functioning. Post-traumatic growth involves “life-changing” psychological shifts in thinking and relating to the world, enabling movement from a limiting state of survival to a resilient state of being, moving towards a state of thriving, reaching a meaningful personal potential of change.

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As a trauma-informed therapist I have had the privilege of working with a wide range of trauma survivors of:

childhood sexual abuse
rape and sexual assault
developmental trauma (childhood emotional neglect or abuse)
one-off traumatic events (accidents or instances of assault)
attachment wounding (trauma from separation; divorce)
Emergency first-responders
Military veterans

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I have been a student of yoga for over thirty years and a yoga teacher since 2011. I am currently integrating my work as both a trauma-informed therapist and yoga teacher, working with the body (asana) and the breath (pranayama) where appropriate in the stabilization and regulation phase of the therapeutic process, integrating somatic yoga and the polyvagal theory.

In my work as an Equine-Assisted Human Development Facilitator, my therapy horses help individuals to enhance self awareness, emotional fitness, regulation and stabilization, creating and maintaining health boundaries, relationships and effective leadership.