The times have been tough for many of us. People have lost their jobs, their loved ones, their confidence and their feeling of security during the pandemic. Being stuck at home led to feeling stuck in our lives. We cannot go back to our lives as they used to be and be "normal". Our normal has changed. Your personal normal has changed. You might not even know what your normal is anymore.
How I can help
I offer walk and talk therapy, which is just what is sounds like. We go outside and we walk, with you setting the pace, and talk about whatever you need to bring. Mind and body are connected, and often physical movement will help with your thought processes and lead to new ideas. Walking releases physical tension and relaxes you, making you more receptive to the experience of counselling.
You will benefit from walk and talk therapy in particular if
- You suffer from anxiety, including social anxiety
- You feel depressed or sad
- You feel uncomfortable working with a counsellor in a traditional way, i.e. seated in a room face-to-face.
- You have tried working in a traditional way and it did not work for you / you are looking for something new and refreshing.
- Your lifestyle is sedentary
Benefits of walk and talk therapy
- Physical activity will naturally improve your mood
- You will feel more relaxed than when sitting in a formal setting
- It is beneficial for both your mind and your body
- Changes are likely to happen more quickly because walking promotes creative thinking
- Your sleep is likely to improve
- It is safer in the current climate
Possible locations (all in Rochester)
- The Esplanade
- Watts Meadow
- Rochester Castle
- Jacksons Field
- Victoria Gardens
What if the weather is bad?
If it is stormy or too cold/hot, we can take the session indoors. I have a counselling room in my home that we can use instead. I am also happy to work online if you prefer.
What if I think that walk and talk therapy is not for me?
If you are dubious about this type of counselling, I would still encourage you to try. You are here and you are still reading this page for a reason. However, if you want to work with me in a more traditional way, I am happy to do that.
Imagine a session like an adventure on which you get to go with somebody who will support you and be there for you rain or shine. The weather is always changing just like us, our thoughts and feelings. Such changes can inspire you to explore different sides of you.
Why I prefer to counsel outdoors
In the last couple of years I have noticed how many of my clients started to present more with anxiety about being outside. It was partially due to their issue (abuse/feeling judged/depression/PTSD) and partially due to COVID. I was working for Medway Children and Family hub and I did not have much freedom about where to conduct my session. I started to feel dissatisfied with the limitations to the way I could work.
I wanted to support my clients not only in the safety of the room but out in the world as well. I was inspired by how the weather is always changing, how there is time for growth and time for sleep, time for the sun to shine brightly and time for thunder and rain. I wanted to encourage my clients to go out but do it in the safest way possible. So, I chose to start working privately and work in the way I am passionate about.
Okay, I want to give it a try. What's next?
Feel free to get in touch with me if you have got any questions or to arrange a session. You can email, Whatsapp, give me a call or send a text message, whatever means of communication you are most comfortable with.
I am looking forward to working with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB Level 4)
- Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB Level 3)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB Level 2)
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
£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session
Concessions offered for
50-minute session - £40
Please get in touch if you are on a low income or are currently unemployed to discuss a possible discount