I’m Fiona Joy Hill and I am an occupational therapist who specialises in working with nature-based interventions for mental health and wellbeing.
I've been an occupational therapist for just over 22 years now, and during that time I have worked in a range of different settings, including adult and older adult mental health services in the NHS. I was a lecturer in occupational therapy for 10 years at Bangor University and prior to starting my own business, I worked as a Mental Health Adviser with university students who were experiencing mental health difficulties.
Over the years, I have studied and trained in a range of different approaches to human health and wellbeing alongside my professional occupational therapy role. I am qualified in Equine Facilitated Therapy, which involves partnering with horses for human healing and am a practitioner of Therapeutic Shamanism, an approach which marries traditional shamanic practices with an in-depth awareness of modern-day therapeutic skills and theory.
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.
I live on a 5-acre smallholding on Anglesey, with my husband, horses, cats and chickens as well as many other wild and wonderful birds and animals that visit us. When I am not working, I can be found spending time with the animals, tending the garden and painting.
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).