I’m Fiona Hill, an occupational therapist specialising in mental health and wellbeing. I am also an equine facilitated therapy practitioner, educator and shamanic practitioner.
I have over 21 years’ experience as an occupational therapist and during that time I have worked in many different settings including adult and older adult mental health and physical rehabilitation in the NHS, as a Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, and as a Mental Health Adviser in a University.
I have also studied and trained in a range of approaches to health and wellbeing, including equine facilitated therapy (partnering with horses for human healing) and therapeutic shamanism.
The one continuous thread throughout my personal life has been my deep love and connection to the natural world and its animals; horses in particular. I have found from personal experience that being in the presence of animals, especially in a natural environment, is a powerful way of bringing us into awareness of our own true nature, personal power and creativity. Through my continuing deep nature connection, I have rediscovered my love of art and have felt inspired to paint and draw again after many years. I am passionate about integrating these aspects into my work as an occupational therapist, bringing ancient healing wisdom into 21st century health and wellbeing practices.
For examples of my paintings, please see here.
Qualifications: Just in case you're interested in my qualifications: I have a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy, an MA (with Distinction) in Education Studies, as well as a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now AdvanceHE). I'm also a Member of Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) and a member of the RCOT's Specialist Sections in Independent Practice and Mental Health. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and my registration number is OT29201.