Empatherapy (in) Therapy includes listening to the clients, understanding them and communicating this understanding to them in a such a way that they will understand themselves more fully.
Iona sees the clients world as if she was looking at it through their own eyes. Temporarily "stepping out into their shoes" .
Her Person Centred, Trans personal approach, shows individuals that they have all the answers within themselves. She uses TAROT CARDS, Dream Work, Guided Imagery and Journal Therapy, among other techniques.
She is a woman of colour raised with foster parents while still having contact with her birth family. Co-existing in both societies meant she had to become camelion like until she 'found' herself as an adult. After becoming a mother in her teens she studied to become a teacher for the over 11's. Later going on to teach in schools and colleges, in Cambridgshire and London. Her second child was born in 1980 and just six weeks later she began teaching children with learning difficulties, with problems relating to Autism, Mental Illness, Family breakdown, Homelessness, Abuse, and Crime.
After working more in the local community with Rastafarian youth she was aware that many adults in prominent positions were ignorant of what the new rise in religious youth culture meant. In three months Iona had written and produced a book on Rastafarian's for schools and colleges in Cambridgshire and London. She was also asked to give talks to the Police, Social Workers and Lawyers about the faith.
Through her work with difficult children she made friends with a teenage girl affected by abuse from her father. Iona and her family welcomed the young woman into their home and became a registered Foster Mother herself, working with the local Social Services to give her a stable home.
During one of her talks in London she met the editor of a new Woman's magazine named 'Candice'. The offer of being a magazine Agony Aunt and Feature writer seemed a great opportunity for the teacher and recent author.
The issues of Domestic Violence, Child Abuse and Prostitution and Sexual Issues were all covered by the magazine and Iona moved out of teaching to take a post with Woman's Aid, in one of their Refuges. She founded the Woman's Aid Black Woman's Group after finding the issues of the Asian and African women in distress were not fully understood. The group raised money and held meetings to discuss UK wide strategy in caring for women with special needs in these areas.
Iona is now a Wiccan High Priestess and member of the Clergy. Teaching students and advising others on their spiritual journey. She is a well known author, speaker and writer in Wiccan and Pagan circles, traveling extensively in her work. She has remarried, and now lives happily with an ex Royal Marine Commando. Instead of drawing a line under her time in study, with the aid of her husband she is getting a greater understanding of how war and its negative effects can shape the future of ex-servicemen and women, and their families, which can lead to marital problems, PTSD, and issues with the children in School.