Amána van Staden
My therapy practice:
My work with clients takes place outdoors. Working outside can allow clients to feel more expansive and enlivened by the experience, it can be far more rich and dynamic compared to traditional indoor counselling, which many have said feel less natural and more constricted.
My Outdoor Therapeutic Space:
As I am based in East Sussex, I see clients for weekly psychotherapy sessions in a nearby area of access land, equidistant from Winchelsea and Pett. This area of land offers a good deal of variety for the work, including woodland, open spaces, hills to gain far reaching views across the landscape, or we could instead meet at Pett Level if you feel more drawn to ocean views. The land where I work has public access, that being said it is not over-run with people, and there are ample opportunities to get off the track in order to walk and sit in more private spaces.
I also occasionally work from Hastings Country Park, Hastings beach, and Rye Harbour, however, these areas tend to be busier.
How I work:
I only work outside and usually meet clients once per week for 60 minutes. The session may begin with a short guided mindfulness meditation, which takes place on a bench before we set off, this is not obligatory but does help some clients to feel more present, like they have ‘arrived’. The rest of the session takes the form of simply walking and talking. As we go we may stop from time to time or decide to sit in a particular spot, or vary our route a little from session to session. There is potential for a great deal of flexibility here, governed by client preference, physical ability, and weather.
However, all the traditional boundaries for effective psychotherapy will still apply, including a mutually agreed focus for our work, time keeping, and agreements concerning confidentiality. The latter, particularly important, as we may occasionally encounter other people whilst outside.
You do not need to be 'super fit' or even particularly outdoors-orientated to benefit from this setting for your therapy.
Your first session:
If you are interested in outdoor therapy I will usually have a brief conversation with you on the phone first, this will also be to discuss the practicalities of working outdoors. If it seems like this way of working would be suitable for you, then we will agree on a time for an initial assessment session outdoors at my outdoor therapy space. This will be an opportunity for you to meet me, meet the 'place' and talk about what brings you to therapy and what you hope to gain from it. It will also give you a better sense of what therapy outdoors with me may offer you. If we are both happy at this point we will then agree on further times to meet.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Birkbeck, University of London
- CPD Nature Based Psychotherapy, The Centre for Natural Reflection, Derbyshire
- Cert.HE in Counselling and Organisational Dynamics, Birkbeck, University of London
- BA (Hons) Integrated Marketing and Psychology, University of the Orange Free State, South Africa
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Towergate Professional Indemnity Insurance.
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