Soulistic Therapists

Jillian Schofield – Who am I?

To give you an idea who I am, I’ll tell you about my journey so far.

I have spent most of my life working with people in many different contexts, with a fascination for people and who they are; which led me to completing a psychology degree and eventually the decision to train as a psychotherapist.

My initial training was as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, this was great, I could start to understand people at a greater depth and offer tools to people to help them overcome difficulties they were experiencing.

However, that approach did not fit all my clients, so I looked towards more relational and humanistic approaches in psychotherapy. I trained in Psychological Counselling and Gestalt Psychotherapy which meant I could now not only understand people’s processes and offer tools to help, but that I could connect with them at a deeper emotional and relational level, enabling them to have more fulfilled relationships.

I had a fascination with working with trauma and so trained as an EMDR Practitioner. 

This was all great, I could work with many different people from different approaches depending on what they needed.

It was while training as a Gestalt psychotherapist that I became more aware of, and interested in, body orientated therapies. Gestalt Psychotherapy includes a focus on body process and I found this made total sense, so I disappeared off to Esalen, California, to join a symposium of body therapists. On my return I began in depth research in psychotherapists’ approach to the body.

At this stage I felt I had a excellent grounding in different approaches in Psychotherapy, I was teaching and running courses in Psychotherapy at the Local University, I became a Learning and Teaching Advisor and worked closely with Professional Bodies accrediting psychotherapy courses.

The body was fascinating and I wanted to learn more, to deepen my understanding of people who are more body orientated, or conversely, feel like they don’t have a body.

So I started Kinesiology training. This was the beginning of a whole new journey, it opened up a whole different world and way of thinking. It introduced me to different ways of understanding the body and energy systems, so much so that I then undertook training in Angelic Reiki and Energy Therapy; and from Energy Therapy to various forms of Meditation, Laughter Yoga and eventually training in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing.

So now I use an integrative and eclectic approach to therapy. I integrate the different approaches to offer a holistic approach, to cover mind, body and spirit, to help heal the soul. The training and experience I have, have been integrated to what I call Soulistic Therapy.

I also have Basset Hounds, Dotty Daydream (RIP), Maisey Moo, Misty star, Alaia Loo and a miniature Dachshund Dobbie Doo, who can also sometimes help as therapeutic aids as I believe strongly in the therapeutic value of animals and nature and am a Certified Therapist in Animal Assisted Therapy.

* Further information regarding all the therapies mentioned can be found in the therapy section of the website.

Qualifications and Membership of Professional Bodies

Masters in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

Masters in Psychological Counselling

PG Dip Gestalt Studies

A PGCert in Inter-Professional Education

BSc (Hons) Psychology

EMDR   Level 2

Certificate in Energy Therapy

Certificate in Laughter Yoga

Certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy

Professional Bodies

A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

British Association of the Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) accredited Practitioner, Trainer and Supervisor


Grace, M. & Schofield, J.A. (2013) Life Awakening The Workbook: The Unique, Body-Mind-Spirit Soulistic Life Review Programme. UK: CreateSpace.

Schofield, J. (2021). Healing with Shamanic Drums. In Hendricks, KS & Boyce-Tillman, J., (Eds). (2021) Authentic Connection: Music, Spirituality, and Wellbeing. Peter Lang.

Coming Soon – Schofield, J., (2022), A Rhythm for Wellbeing – A therapist’s Reflections. Peter Lang.

Contact me for further information or to arrange an appointment.