Suzi at Work…
Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. My name is Suzi Garrod and I am a compassionate, empathic holistic health practitioner who specializes in empowering people through all stages of life. As an experienced Psychotherapist, End-of Life and Bereavement Counsellor, Life Coach, EFT Practitioner, Mindfulness Teacher and Vibrational Energy Healer, I am able to offer you an individually tailored, integrative package of professional support.
Underpinned by over 18 years of therapeutic training and experience, my professional practice has extended across the private, voluntary and public sectors – including 5 years working in both primary and secondary education, and 5 years within the NHS. My therapy practice in South Devon has been operating since 2010 and I have been teaching and mentoring students since 2014.
I am the founder of Next Steps – for Living, Dying, Grieving, a non-profit community project which I launched in 2017. Over the last 9 months, Next Steps has been working in close collaboration with St. Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, delivering talks and workshops in the local community and helping to set up a 250-strong network of compassionate friends’ – volunteers that are trained to support family, friends and neighbours who wish to die at home.
Next Steps provides a much-needed forum for members of the local community to ask questions, share experiences and reach out for support or training on topics related to death, dying and grieving.
To read more about my training and qualifications please click here
Suzi at Play…
Whilst deeply passionate about my work, I also have a real zest for life and a thirst for fun, travel and adventure. When my two children were young, the three of us took some time out from the pressures of life after divorce, and spent almost 18 months in total traveling.
Our first trip took us around Europe, camping in Germany, France and Italy for a total of 7 months. Three years later, our second adventure took us to Australia, New Zealand and Southern Africa, including South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana and Lesotho. I home-schooled them both on each trip – in a tent or campervan, on a beach, in the desert, up a mountain, even on a volcano – designing their education around the environment in which we found ourselves. Every place we visited nourished and awakened our souls, and the whole experience has deeply enriched not only our relationship, but our entire perspective on life.
I love being out in nature and feel truly alive outdoors, particularly when walking on the coastal path, on Dartmoor or in the woods near my home. Just recently I have taken up swimming in the sea, which often raises a few eyebrows as I refuse to wear a wetsuit – I do wear a swimming costume I hasten to add!
Feeling that connection with the elements re-energises every part of my being and reminds me of the joys of living. My friends know me as “Pixie”, because being out in nature and spending fun time with my family or friends, brings out the playful, fun-loving and ever-so-slightly mischievous elements of my personality.
The children have now flown the nest and I have remarried. I live with my husband Stevie, who has put up with my quirkiness for almost 10 years. Stevie has a much calmer, quieter and more grounding nature, which perfectly complements my bouncy Pixie energy. Stevie is a PhD Researcher with Surrey University and his intense academic studies can become quite overwhelming at times, so my bubbly nature reminds him that there is also a lighter side to life. We are fire and earth, yin and yang – a good, healthy balance!
Apart from going camping and embracing my hippie soul at festivals, I have a regular self-care routine; I have to take care of myself, so that I can be fully present for my clients. I follow a plant-based diet, practice sound healing and meditation daily, practice yoga and swim in the sea as often as I can. I also love to write and study, and am currently just a few months away from completing my Masters’ Degree in Death, Religion and Culture at Winchester University.
As you can see, I lead a very busy and fulfilling life. I soak up every delicious moment that I can because I know, from working with end-of-life clients for many years, that it can all be over far too soon. “Live life to the full” is very much a motto I follow – as is “grow old disgracefully”.