Experience

A fascination of psychology and a passion to understand how the mind influences our behaviour.  Why do we behave the way we do?  What influences us?  How can we stop unwanted behaviours?  What is the cause of a behaviour, rather than just challenging a behaviour we need to understand why this is happening.

Early in her career, animal psychology was key to her role as a horse riding instructor and rider.  She used psychology to understand what the influences were on a horse’s behaviour and tune in to what a horse might be thinking.  Horses cannot tell you what is wrong, you have to work it out – in order to train horses effectively or work out why a problem behaviour is occurring you have to use psychology.  It is always important to work out, why is this behaviour occurring.  A good understanding of a horse and a rider’s mind, enables and allows for the most harmonious combinations and the best relationships.

This understanding of horses and the relationship with humans may not seem helpful in education.  However, as a Primary Teacher similarly she learned about Child Development and Educational Psychology, many of the theories such as Attachment theory have strong connections in all of her work.  Seba believes understanding more about our minds will assist us in learning and improving our behaviours. 

This interest in Educational Psychology, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities developed through her personal parental and professional interest.  She found it fascinating to learn about the mind and it’s impact on our behaviour and the relationship between this as parents and adults with our children.  Clearly if we know why the behaviour happens, then that awareness can assist the child, adolescent or adult in making their own positive changes with support.  It is a journey to self discovery.