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Jane Ashton

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Jane started her career studying a double degree in Law and Environmental Science. It was in her capacity as a solicitor running the Pro Bono Scheme for the Law Society of NSW that Jane felt frustrated at her inability to assist clients with their mental health issues and watched vulnerable clients fall through the cracks in the system.   During this period of her life, Jane dealt with the high stress of life as a big city lawyer, by working (recharging) on her weekends as a Park Ranger at Manly Dam.After motherhood, and looking for a change Jane made the move from law to the music industry and co-founded Footstomp Music (alongside her husband – a veteran in the music industry). Again, Jane became frustrated by the overwhelming need for mental health issues to be addressed and supported within the industry.Jane moved her family from the city to a home overlooking the mountains in the stunning Tallebudgera Valley (QLD) and began her own journey of self discovery and healing. The therapeutic power of nature, art and animals inspired her to explore her vocation as a therapist.Jane finally followed her true passion and in 2017\2018 studied at Equine Assisted Therapy Australia (the first RTO in the industry in Australia) to complete a diploma of counselling specialised in Equine Assisted Therapy.Passionate about ensuring the industry is ethical, safe and well respected within the medical/mental health community, Jane became part of the small group of founding members that established the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association of Australia in 2018.In 2019 Jane launched Equine Assisted Therapy Gold Coast at the 'The Therapy Pod' (www.thetherapypod.com.au), a small cabin nestled among the trees on her Tallebudgera Valley property on the Gold Coast hinterland. She has a herd of 4 therapy horses and 12 llamasJane has worked for many years with vulnerable clients. Her practice is trauma informed, somatic and experiential, integrating a variety of counselling skills and techniques from a range of modalities including gestalt, art therapy, mindfulness and CBT. 

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