Autumn is on its way, a time of change and new beginnings.
I have found since moving therapy outside that my clients embrace the relationship with being outside, it adds a dimension to the journey that you cant feel in an office. Your words do not bounce back to you off a brick wall, they are embraced by nature and some times it feels like another person has your interests at the heart of what they do.
There isn't the same pressure to fill gaps with words, and your journey becomes your own without preconceived ideas of what you should be achieving each session. It has been proven over the last 18 months of being at the woods that becoming comfortable with your thoughts and embracing the moment when you can walk or sit and use all of your senses at once, in an environment that promotes it.
I am there to support you on your journey, using my experience to help you gain all you can from therapy. Empowering you to become your own counsellor, so your future can be anything you want it to be. It will be full of ups and downs, and hard lessons learnt, but with determination you can walk away knowing you are the boss of your choices and future.
Why Woodland Therapy
The drive up the woods track is a great calming way to start your session, followed by the natural relaxation that comes with being outside. So if you are looking for a different approach to therapy, and like the idea of spending your session walking in the sun(or occasionally the rain), then please carry on reading.
I have the use of a 100 acre woodland on the outskirts of Ashford, Kent, where I am able to combine individually designed therapy programmes with the clients aims and goals for therapy. I believe that taking away the four walls of a therapeutic office also takes down certain boundaries between client and therapist, therefore allowing a more open and honest relationship to be built.
Too many times I have sat opposite a client and watched them feel intimidated by the environment, and spend an hour fidgeting in a chair that is not designed to be sat in for that long. It has been a goal of mine to find a way of taking therapy outside of the usual constraints of an office, with the hope of finding a way of helping people with their mental and physical wellbeing. As I believe it is very hard to get your mental health on track, if physically you are struggling.
Being exposed to nature automatically releases chemicals in us that improve our mental wellbeing, and help our resistance to stressful situations. If you add to that a holistic approach to counselling, you end up with a situation that can benefit each individuals mental and physical wellbeing. Please see the research part of the website, which will give you even more in depth proof of the benefits.
- Reduce stress levels
- Reduce depression
- Raise self esteem
- Helped learn new skills and boost confidence
- Reduce anxiety
- Connect back with nature
- Learn to be comfortable with silence
- Learn to be comfortable with your own thoughts
- Understanding relationships
The benefits work on people of all ages, from young children to people who have retired. So maybe it is time you started looking outside of the box, and gave yourself the opportunity to get professional, experienced support with moving your life forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been delivering my therapy in the woods for nearly 3 years now, and have had some amazing results. The word that keeps appearing from my clients is PEACE, a sense they didn't know existed previously. A lot of work is done around being at peace with yourself, and choices and events in your life.
In the last 15 years I have worked with all age groups, in a variety of different settings. My background is the care sector, where I have worked with vulnerable adults within care homes, homeless hostels and their own homes.
I work in a way that empowers my clients to be pro-active in finding their own solutions, whilst being the person they can depend on to be a honest, supportive facilitator of their changes.
In the last 9 years I have been running my counselling practice, but I am now eager to take the service out of the office and into nature. Where I believe the natural benefits of being outside alongside a professional, experienced counsellor will enable my clients to thrive.
Below are some of the issues I am able to help with:
- Abusive pasts
- Self Defeating Behaviours
- Lack of Confidence
- Low self esteem
- Attachment Issues
- Lack of Life Skills
- School Attendance
Teacher of mindfulness & meditation
Advanced Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Diploma in Child & Adolescent Counselling
Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Certificate in the effects of loss and grief.
Certificate in attachment disorders.
Certificate in Cognitive behavioural therapy.
Certificate in understanding self harming.
Certificate in how to deal with challenging behaviour.
A registered member of the BACP
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Mindfulness and meditation are great tools for mental and physical wellbeing, and these are brought into the sessions if the client is open to the idea.
I am trained to teach both subjects, which enables me to assess when they should and shouldn't be involved.
The mind and body work together, and mindfulness and meditation are great ways of learning from the past, not fearing your future and embracing the present.
6 week workshops are offered throughout the year.
Photos & videos
- Ongoing - Support group for overweight men
- Ongoing - Support group for people who want to understand their eating habits and gain control
I charge £35 for a 50 minute session for one on one counselling.
I charge £50 for a 50 minute session for couples and families.
I charge £70 for the double session walk and talk and fire sessions.
The aim of the counselling is to get people to the point where they can manage their own lives, teaching them the skills and knowledge that they need. This will be done through individual programmes. I will be using a holistic approach as I believe each aspect of someone’s life needs to be looked at if they are to truly move forward, which may include your physical health as well as mental
I offer the below programmes to single people of any age above 11, couples and families. You will be able to choose what you feel is best for you at our consultation, which will take place either over the phone or at a place you are comfortable with having our first meeting. We will also discuss the amount of sessions that may be needed, and form an agreement of therapy.
You will have the options to do the below programmes in the 100 acre woodland that I have got the use of, or if you are unable to travel I can come to you for the walk and talk programme.
50 minute- Walk & Talk.
We will spend your session walking through the woodlands, or near your home if you do not have transport. There is no set way of how the sessions will go, if you find somewhere you want to sit down and talk then that’s what we will do. This session is an ideal opportunity for you to speak to me about the things that are holding you back in life, and you will find the openness of being outside will assist you in your journey of self discovery.
- We will discuss ways of becoming in control of your own situation.
- Become aware of triggers to certain thoughts and behaviours.
- Gain an understanding of how your past is effecting your present.
- Help you build healthy, equal relationships.
- You will learn coping mechanisms.
- Gain control of your thoughts and decisions.
- Become your own counsellor for life.
Double session- Walk, Talk & Campfire.
As above, but after the hours walk we will start a fire, where we will sit around and continue to look at your issues.
There will also be time put aside for some silent reflection, which will help you become comfortable with your own thoughts. You will learn to be in the moment, and use the natural elements of the fire and nature to process what we have covered in the session.
In my experience it is not the times that you are surrounded by people that are hard to manage, it is the times when your on your own. So this will allow an in depth look at how to manage your own thoughts, and time on your own.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Most days and evenings, depending on availability.
Types of client