Psychotherapist and coach Niki Portus founded Rethinking You in 2016 and Rethink Your Life CIC to offer specialist psychotherapy on a donations basis to enable people from all walks of life to access the support they need. She specialises in trauma, PTSD, C-PTSD and developmental trauma.
Growing up on the edge of Dartmoor her childhood was spent in the pony club and competing up to National level in the sport of Tetrathlon as well as enjoying showjumping and eventing. It was in many ways idyllic but her school life right through primary and secondary was fraught with severe anxiety, disconnection and social isolation. Her early career on leaving school was very much outdoors and rural, firstly training as a riding instructor in London before working with competition horses for 8 years. Wanting to get a ‘proper’ career as an equine physiotherapist she spent 2 years studying and qualifying firstly in anatomy, physiology and massage and then sports massage. Shortly afterwards she had her son Jake, and needing to fit work around being a single parent she instead began training as a teaching assistant and working in early years and primary education.
Her career in education has spanned the past 18 years working up to manager and lead practitoner for a preschool run by one of the UKs largest early years education charities. This led to training in leadership and mentoring as well as extensive training in safe guarding and child protection, domestic violence and abuse awareness. During this time she also founded and ran a music and arts festival as well as persuing a love of live music and supporting independent artists. She ran a weekly podcast for a Devon based webzine and has given talks on event management at various colleges. However a growing interest on the impact of early childhood trauma set her on the pathway to retraining and becoming a clinical trauma specialist. She trained alongside doing a degree in early childhood studies where she specialised in attachment patterns, mindsets and Mindfulness.
Training firstly as an NLP practitioner and wellbeing coach she learned how to help others become congruent in all aspects of life from environment to behaviours to spirituality. Her growing curiosity on subconsious patterns of behaviour lead her to become a clinical Hypnotherapist, stress managment practitoner and then an advanced EMDR practitioner and coach working with emotional triggers and neuro- somatic psychotherapy or mind-body connections. She is also a brainspotting practitioner and currently training as a Certified Family Trauma Professional and complex trauma specialist.
Since starting her private practice in early 2016 one of the reoccurring themes for all clients, male or female, is that developing self compassion and boundaries has the biggest impact on their healing process. Underpinning all her work today are the unique Goddess and Hero journeys each person must take to heal. She has clients from all walks of life, all shapes and sizes, classes and incomes. Since its inception Rethinking You CIC has conducted over 300 free and donations based therapy sessions including working with foster families and marginalised traveller communities. Her workshop programme The Resilient Kids Project has run for the past 3 years at various venues in South Devon, and she has given talks and run workshops on performance anxiety at both festivals and in community venues.
At home she is a mother to a 19 year old son and Muffin the deerhound lurcher. Other loves include her partner (a physiotherapist!), their campervan, the great outdoors and healthy nutritional eating, yoga and fitness. Having been through two emotionally and psychologically abusive relationships in her 20s and 30s she is a passionate advocate for empowering victims of domestic abuse and trauma survivors. Her work with families aims to help the whole family heal and learn skills so parents may better support their childrens fears and resulting behaviours.
She is currently developing a membership area to offer access to her workshops as an elearning series by video plus meditations and hypnotherapy scripts.