About Me​

I’ve taken a long time to arrive at this point. There have many twists and turns along the track. Sometimes I’ve been in the desert, surviving on bread and raisins, drinking ice-clear water. At other times I’ve feasted, and been plump with happiness.


My greatest challenges have come through the experience of loss of many different kinds.  While some of these losses and the sorrows they brought me have knocked me for six, utterly unseated me, or threatened to do so, other losses have felt more manageable, far less threatening and overwhelming, and I’ve stayed on my feet.


I was ordained to the ministry of The Church of England in the middle ’80’s, when it was very unfashionable and threatening to the establishment to take this step. In the early 90’s I was one of the first 32 Women in the Church of England to be ordained as a Priest. We caused waves in those days, and experienced all types of bigotry, misogyny, prejudice, ignorance, as well as rapturous welcome from those for whom our new role was long awaited.


A golden thread in my Church work was a deep commitment to the healing ministry of the Church. This influenced my daily work in the parishes where I worked. Caring for the sick, the lonely and forgotten, the dying and the bereaved formed the bedrock of my service. Sadly, the Church seems to have set aside the ancient gift, skill and blessing of the Healing Ministry. It was this thread which led me to work in the NHS as a Healthcare Chaplain. There, I was able to work at greater depth with people at times of need, of beginnings and of endings.


During this time I studied Psychodynamic Therapy at Diploma level. This was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I learnt a great deal about myself while gathering knowledge and skills to enable me to work in greater depth and deep intuition with the people in my care. 


Over the last few years I’ve taken my leave of formal Christianity and taken a Shamanic path, one which I find to be utterly joyous, enlivening and deeply relevant to our world’s and our personal needs and distress. The Shamanic path is the way of balance: within ourselves, and with the outer world in all its manifestations. It's a lifelong commitment, always inviting my deeper engagement. 


If you'd like an initial conversation about how Bereavement Counselling and/or Shamanic Healing could help you then please get in touch with me.

The Shamanic Path

My Qualifications include a first Degree in English Literature & Language; a Diploma in Theology; a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from the Westminster Pastoral Foundation, a Certificate in Life Coaching accredited by the International Coaching Federation, and Certification as a Shamanic Practitioner.​

Susan Hollins Counselling

What Next?

My Qualifications

I welcome and take seriously a person’s search for spiritual meaning and purpose for their lives. And, if you're comfortable with this, we might talk about your spirituality, spiritual experience and searching (whether or not this is rooted within a particular faith tradition) as an important part of your healing journey.

I tread the path of a Shaman now, one which is joyous, enlivening, and deeply relevant to our global and personal needs. Surprisingly perhaps, I recognise the unbroken continuity of the spiritual path I've taken.


Over many years I've gathered rich experience and understanding of loss and grief in particular, as well as about life in general.  To each person who comes to me I bring this unique experience along with my warmth, strong intuition, deep spiritual life, gentle humour and creativity


I live in Exeter with my beloved dogs without whom life would be far thinner. Together we relish long walks by Rivers, in woodland, or by the Sea.


If you'd like to chat with me about how Bereavement Counselling and/or Shamanic Healing can help you then please do get in touch.

Susan Hollins
Susan Hollins Counselling, Life Coaching, Shamanic Healing in Exeter, Devon​

I’ve taken a long time to arrive at this point. There have been many twists and turns along the track. Sometimes I’ve been in the desert, surviving on bread and raisins, drinking ice-clear water. At other times I’ve feasted and  been made plump with happiness.


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Susan Hollins
Susan Hollins

Tel: 07375 925296 Email: susan@susanhollinscounselling.co.uk​