Fi Garrard MBACP Outdoor Counsellor

Fi Garrard MBACP Outdoor Counsellor

Helston
Cornwall
TR13

07810 345711

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Helston
Cornwall
TR13

07810 345711

About me

I am a outdoor Counsellor and Ecotherapist with over 10 years experience counselling people in nature.

I meet with people who come for support with all sorts of different problems such as depression, anxiety, bereavement, addictions, post natal depression PTSD, ADHD, ADD, bi-polar and other diagnosed mental health problems, relationship problems, environmental illness and fear of climate change or those who come for personal development.

I am qualified and I practice Person Centred Counselling which is, simply put where i reflect on what i hear someone say at lots of different levels. It can be very powerful for people to feel really heard but because sessions are lead by you it is at your own pace. I mostly see people outside in nature but i do see people at my home and i use a room in Truro. I meet  people at the beach, in a wood or up a hill depending on how they feel or what the weather is like. We can also meet in private outside places arranged by me.  We can walk for a little while, sit or do both.

I counsel children and adolescents outside where we play in nature, build dens, have fires and sit in trees amongst other things. I am particularly passionate about offering Counselling to children diagnosing with ADHD, ADD and those who find it difficult to fit into the 'normal' label.

In my experience being outside and Counselling in nature is gentler than normal indoor Counselling. When people talk about their painful experiences outside in nature it seems to be less intense and easier for people to talk. I have noticed people seem to find it easier to be themselves and feel their feelings but also feel less judged. It seems to me that it is not just me supporting the people i counsel but all the other beings we are with, like the birds, the sea, the insects and the trees that help the person feel and heal from the issues they have so they can then go on to implement real change in their lives.

I am a member of the British association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and have been working in outdoor and ecotherapy for over 20 years.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Person Centred Counselling

Diploma in Counselling children and adolescents

Advanced Certificate in Person Centred Counselling.
Hnd in Horticulture.

I have had a outside private practice since 2010.

Previously i worked for over 12 years as a Horticultural and outdoor therapist.

Member organisations

BACP

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I interested in the field of Ecopsychology which recognises not just the relationships we have with other humans but our relationships and connections to nature and the other than human beings in the world.  I am aware of the collective pain and fear we experience about climate change and the increasing feeling that the problem is too big for us as individuals to tackle. But i believe that it is through experiencing that fear and pain of the world, of the extinction of species, of all the natural disasters that keep happening that we release our stuckness in being able to act in a positive way to care for out home, planet earth.

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Fees

I charge £40 for 60 minute sessions and £60 for 90 minute sessions.

I offer concessionary fees of £25 for students and people on low income.

Maps & Directions

Helston, TR13

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

I am available weekdays 9.00am to 5pm and some evening by arrangement.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations