Me, Daniela

Brief Professional Profile

  • Somatic Relational Counselor
    (Certification of quality and professional qualification of services by AssoCounseling REG-A2123-2018)
  • Facilitator in experiential training projects indoors and outside assisted with horses
  • Equine Assisted Therapy Certification at Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies
    (Colorado – USA)
  • Activities Coordinator AAI
  • Horses and dogs handler in Pet Therapy and Pet Education sessions (AAI)
  • Reiki Master
  • Co-Founder of NaturAnimal Counseling
  • Key Account Manager British Airways Plc. – I.A.G. Group

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My work

“The benefits of being in contact with nature and animals are amazing. That’s why I am committed to making them be part of my work with people.”

In my activity, I support people in their quest for wellbeing in all aspects of life. I walk with them through their path, helping them identify their strengths and resources they can use in critical moments, and fostering their abilities to choose and change.

The added value of the somatic approach is that the body offers immediate and straightforward answers, unveils stories, and parts of one’s self with fewer conditionings compared to our mind.

I integrate my knowledge with the horses’ teachings during either individual or group paths, and corporate programs, in personal growth or experiential training sessions, both indoors and outdoors.

Animals are great life masters, they’ve helped me deepen the bond with nature, and they’ve always been able to get the best out of me. Their example, teachings, and our life together have had a significant influence on my path of growth and self-discovery.

That made me realize I could have lost a lot as a professional if, along with my education and the specialization courses, I wouldn’t have brought all those experiences and teachings into my work.


My work method: learn from direct experience

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

Benjamin Franklin

As a Somatic Relational Counselor, I pay special attention to the body and the emotions’ expression as a person needs to rebalance the mind-body-emotional state to regain harmony.

My specialty is to offer experiential sessions where people have the opportunity to learn from direct experience, and they can face with their resources and emotions, experiencing and exploring their Self.

It can be experienced either within a training program or in a one-to-one session, indoors or outside with horses.

The experiential process may include conversation, listening, silence, and movement. This alternation creates a flow that eases the free expression within a safe place, favoring the  non-verbal and the emotional aspects of communication.

During the sessions, practical and physical exercises may be suggested based on people’s needs arising in the present moment.

The activities with the horses are just groundwork and are on “free interaction”, which means no coercion but based on human-horse cooperation while carrying out the exercises.

No riding experience nor horse knowledge is required.


My experience in the business world

“Engage your emotions at work. Your instincts and your emotions are there to help you.”

Richard Branson

In over 30 years spent in various companies, I’ve had the great fortune to work for organizations that cared about staff training, and I’ve had the opportunity to be in both roles, the trainee and the trainer.

I recall the courses I’ve attended that have impacted my colleagues and myself most, producing the highest long-lasting effects, have been the ones whose focus was on putting people first.

Creating an environment where involvement, participation, and respect are the basis of the relationships brings people to give of their best, producing very positive effects for both the company and the results. 

Once I’ve been on a two-day training in the countryside, surrounded by nature and animals. It consisted of various exercises, both individual and team, mainly focused on own and group emotions, building trust and improving team spirit.

Training with horses offers an excellent added value. As intuitive beings, they have an inborn attitude to go beyond the barriers humans may raise, preventing them from living fulfilling personal and professional relationships. 

Horses’ non-verbal communication stimulates humans around them to let go of the use of words and to rely on their body language, which is an enlightening and an unparalleled experience.

Their authenticity gets them instinctively in touch with people’s innermost emotions, offering clues about how to deal with them at best, both for themselves and within a working group.