Tracie Faa-Thompson, MA, AASW, PGdipNDPT


Tracie Faa-Thompson, BA, Social Work, MA, Crim, PG NDPT, Clin Hypno, Cert EAGALA, and Certified Filial Therapist and Instructor. She is also a Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist, Supervisor, Faculty Member, and Co-founder of the International Institute of Animal Assisted Play Therapy Studies.

Tracie is a specialist social worker in adoption working with traumatised children and their adoptive and foster families.  She is a British Association of Play Therapists-registered play therapist who uses a mix of individual play therapy, filial therapy, and group filial methods. Tracie is also a practice teacher of social work students and a trainer in Life Story Work and Attachment Theory. As a clinical hypnotherapist, Tracie incorporates Eye Movement Integration with Emotional Freedom Technique as an effective approach to trauma.

Hailing from a Scottish/Romany Traveller family Tracie has grown up with dogs and horses as integral to her native culture.  Tracie is a member of the Classical Riding Club and Natural Horse People.  She is the Founder of Turn About Pegasus, an Equine Assisted Programme for at risk youth.  Tracie is EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) certified, dual approved as both mental health and horse specialist.  She is the founder and, for over 20 years, the Chairman of her local Riding for the Disabled Centre until its recent amalgamation with another purpose-built centre.

Tracie has a lifetime of experience of living and working with dogs and horses and over 25 years of working with vulnerable children and families. Tracie believes that patience and a focus on building  relationships and partnerships are the key to healing.  She is the author of numerous manuals, articles, and training programs on attachment and resilience, life story work, sibling contact in adoption, introductions of adoptive families and children, EAGALA, and Animal Assisted Play Therapy.

Tracie lives in rural North Northumberland in the United Kingdom on a rural estate with her husband, 4 dogs, and 5 horses.

Tracie can be contacted at…                                                                                                                      Turn About Pegasus



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