About Healing with Animals 

Healing with Animals is a small healing and educational organisation, run by myself, Sue Newport, with the vision of making a positive and life changing difference to the lives of people and animals. I have been teaching animal healing and personal development for over 15 years sharing my knowledge, skills and experience to help people to heal themselves and animals through their relationship with themselves, their pets, other animals and nature.

 Healing with Animals' History


Healing with Animals started out in 2008 as Asentia when a group of us came together with the idea of sharing our various healing knowledge and skills with others. In 2009 Emily Robinson, Alison Roberts and myself established the Asentia College of Animal Healing to work primarily with animals and their carer’s. 


In 2010 the college became the first animal healing organisation to become a full member of the Confederation of Healing Organisations. In the same year we developed the first academic qualification in the UK for professionally trained animal healers. The BTEC Level 4 Professional Diploma in Animal Healing in partnership with Plumpton College, East Sussex was launched in January the following year. 


2013 saw the completion of the second successful BTEC course and we were proud to have received a Grade ‘A’ standard from Edexcel (examining board for BTEC qualifications) in both consecutive years. At the end of that year Emily then sadly moved to Australia and Alison moved on to develop her Garden Design business. The Asentia Team had shared their knowledge and experience on over 40 workshops and delivered more than 700 hours of academic teaching for BTEC to train professional animal healing therapists.


Since then I have continued to run Asentia as Asentia Healing with Animals, holding small group workshops based on the foundation of theoretical knowledge and sound practical skills working holistically with animals and people. In 2021 I let go of the name Asentia to move forwards into the future where I believe the emphasis is on healing ourselves in order to heal others. Through learning about and receiving healing from the animals themselves, from nature and from each other we can all heal.

Group of animal healing students working together
Students watching a dog receiving heading

About me

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I am married and have four grown up children and four grandchildren. I live with my husband, 2 dogs, 2 chickens and 2 horses on a hill just outside Horsham in West Sussex. I have loved animals since I was small and my grandfather was instrumental in my love of horses. Growing up we had mice, hamsters, gerbils and a dog then after getting married we had an assortment of dogs, cats, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens and horses.

I have always been in some sort of caring profession starting my working life as a general and children's nurse, then moving on to the complementary therapies of massage, craniosacral therapy and energy healing. As I progressed in my understanding of how these complementary therapies worked my own spiritual awareness developed and allowed me, over the years, to rediscover parts of myself that I had shut away. My horses have been my greatest teachers in this area of self discovery along with nature and some beautiful souls that I have met, become friends with or have come into my life for only a short time or have been in my life for a very long time. 

Moving from working with people to healing animals seemed a natural progression. I came to realise that energetically, as we are not separate from anything in our world healing is a dynamic flow between all living beings. This brought me to where I am now, helping people and animals, especially horses, find healing with each other and within themselves.

My more recent qualifications and experience:

  • Diploma in Craniosacral Therapy, Post Graduate course in Equine Craniosacral Therapy

  • Diploma in Animal Healing

  • Co-creator of a BTEC Professional Diploma in Animal Healing

  • Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector Certificate

  • Reiki Level 3

  • Findhorn Interspecies communication and deep nature connection 5 day course

  • Trustee of The Confederation of Healing Organisations - Advancing the Practice of Healing

  • Lectured on Complementary Therapy for the Animal Care Unit, Plumpton College, East Sussex