Our Founding Members

Meet Nicola and Natasha – founding members of the Healing The Shadow community.

Nicola and Natasha assisted in teaching on the very first two year Healing The Shadow training. They brought their enthusiasm for shadow work and their intelligence and thoughtfulness to support Marianne and Rod in creating and delivering the training. They are now honorary members of our community.

Natasha Maher – Training Assistant 2019/21

Natasha Maher

Training Assistant

Area: Bristol

I trained as an Integrative counsellor at the Bath centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I run a private practice in Bristol where I integrate psychodynamic principles, Internal Family Systems Therapy, shadow work, dream work, neuroscience and mindfulness. I also have a master’s degree in psychology.

I manage the counselling service at a local higher Education college which includes working with young adults.  I am also employed at a private hospital in Bristol as a sessional counsellor.

My areas of special interest are anxiety, self-compassion and working with anger. I am passionate about shadow work and working with parts as a way to become more balanced and whole.

Nicola Gunning – Training Assistant 2019/21

Nicola Gunning

Training assistant

Area: Bath and Bristol

I have a background in social care specialising in substance misuse, street based sex work, mothers and babies at risk and volunteer management and training. I am a trained doula and shiatsu practitioner, specialising in pre and post natal shiatsu. I am a director of an alternative education community running a self directed learning project for 5 – 14 year old children.

Shadow work has been a significant part of my personal development over the last 7 years and I have  worked with Marianne individually and in groups, as well as, more recently, learning the Five Fields Framework and assisting on the Authentic Communication workshop.