- Professional confidential support helping you work through emotional issues in a warm, non-judgemental environment
- Reflect on past and current experiences which are causing you concern
- Understand your patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviours
- Nature-based psychotherapy in parks and woodland
The first steps in deciding if you want to see someone and who, can be daunting. It's important that you feel a therapist is going to be a good fit for you so please do get in touch if you'd like to hear more about any aspect of what our sessions will be like, without any obligation to commit.
I hope that you find the following information useful.
I am a specialist in Nature-based psychotherapy and only offer sessions using natural settings as a therapy room.
I help clients work through emotional issues, providing an environment where you can feel safe to express yourself without fear of being judged. Psychotherapy sessions provide an opportunity to reflect on past and present experiences and explore how they influence patterns of feeling, thinking and behaviour, allowing you to gain deeper insight into concerns and make more conscious choices, giving greater control over your future.
Your first session will be an opportunity to get a feel for how I work and whether it is right for you. In this session we will explore what brings you to therapy at this time, what you would like to achieve from the sessions - whether a tangible goal or simply more clarity about an issue - and consider how many sessions you will come for (something which we can regularly review).
All sessions are confidential and last for 50 minutes. I provide short and long term therapy.
I integrate a range of approaches to suit your individual needs including;
- Nature-based psychotherapy
- Psychodynamic psychotherapy
- Person Centred psychotherapy
- Humanistic psychotherapy
- Body Psychotherapy and Relaxation and Meditative techniques.
As well as exploring human relationships, nature based psychotherapy creates the opportunity to explore your relationship with the natural world.
Psychotherapy helps people to work through emotional challenges by exploring feelings and seeking to understand patterns of behaviour so that they can make more conscious choices in their lives. This is often done by exploring our relationships with those closest to us. Nature is also a significant other in our lives, just like our family and friends – the state of our relationship with nature will affect our sense of wellbeing just as the type of relationship we have with parents, siblings and colleagues will too.
Nature is able to offer the core conditions of a primary care giver and therefore can be a relational source of positive attachment, being truly a mother; creating the therapeutic potential to support us in developing secure attachments with both people and the natural world.
During our sessions nature becomes part of our therapeutic relationship. Nature based psychotherapy introduces nature as a source of emotional support which can continue long after sessions with the human therapist have finished.
Nature may play a varied role within our sessions, exploration will be led by your sense of connection. For some nature may be a beautiful and engaging setting to meet in, for others nature may be an entity with which a relationship is developed. Nature is used as a medium for emotional exploration and as a metaphor for our inner world in an applied way, offering insights into the dynamics of your human relationships; our senses are engaged and we can work with an embodied experience of the world around us.
During our sessions we can follow where ever your feet take us, whether you want to walk or sit. Or if you’d prefer I can guide the direction we take.
Nature based psychotherapy sessions take place in SE24 (other areas possible by arrangement).
Some things to consider prior to a nature-based session;
- Woodland/parkland is not an enclosed space, we will come into some form of contact with people and animals (e.g. dogs), please consider whether you are comfortable with this, we will talk through anything you feel may be challenging (e.g. if you have a fear of dogs) and how we deal with privacy
- Suitable footwear and clothing for the environment and weather
- Sessions will run whatever the weather except high winds and storms
I have provided professional training to psychotherapists and allied professions on Nature-based psychotherapy for over 5 years, and offer courses through the Nature Therapy School.
I have theorised Nature-based Psychotherapy as an orientation of practice and am currently writing a book, presenting these ideas for psychotherapists, counsellors and allied professionals.
I am a registered member of the BACP and abide by their Code of Ethics and receive regular clinical supervision.
I provide supervision to trainees and qualified practitioners. Sessions take place in parks and woodland.
Supervision is available in SE24 and SE25 (other locations maybe possible by arrangement).
Training, qualifications & experience
Beth Collier, MBACP, B.A. (Joint Hons.), M.A., P.G. Dip.
Degrees and Professional Qualifications
- M.A. Psychotherapy and Counselling
- M.A. Human Rights
- B.A. Comparative Religion and Social Anthropology
- Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling
- Facilitating Therapeutic Groups
Membership of Professional Bodies
- British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Counselling and Psychotherapy Outdoors
- Nature-based Therapy Forum
- Does time in nature improve our mental health?, Panel discussion, Conservation Optimism Summit, University of Oxford and Zoological Society of London, Dulwich College, April 2017
- Challenges of urban lifestyles to wellbeing and the value of nature to emotional health, The Making of a National Park City, Royal Festival Hall, Sept 2016
- Natural Therapy: The benefits of nature within urban lives, London College of Communication, Wild: ReNaturing the City symposium, London, 10 February 2016
- Nature and Emotional Health: Using Nature as a Therapy Room, London Environmental Educators Forum, Fellowship Awards, London Zoo, 12 January 2016
- Making Greater London the World’s First National Park City, Valuing Our Natural Capital: A Health Perspective, Greater London National Park City Official Launch, City Hall, London, 17 July 2015
- Reimagining Well-being, Health and Well-Being and the New Forest National Park; Healthy Forest, Healthy People: A Joint Agenda?, New Forest National Park, Beaulieu, 28 April 2015
- Reimaging London’s Emotional Well-being, What if we made London a National City Park?, Greater London National Park, Southbank Centre, 24 February 2015
- Emotional Leadership: Responsibilities, Risks and Competencies for Outdoor Practitioners, Institute for Outdoor Learning, National Conference, 17-18 October 2014
- Therapy in urban natural spaces; Developing positive relationships in and with nature, University of Brighton, Ecotherapy Symposium, 20 June 2014
My career to date has focused on both human rights and psychological health. I have worked within the human rights field for over 17 years, for the last 9 running a research consultancy working in partnership with UNHCR. I have worked in the field of psychological health for over 9 years as a psychotherapist and researcher.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Common issues that clients want to explore include:
Abandonment and rejection, anger, anxiety, loss, bereavement, depression, sadness, loneliness, eating disorder, stress, trauma, PTSD, low self esteem, confusion, neglect, childhood experiences, family issues, abuse, bullying, work related issues, ill health, obsessive compulsive disorder, shame, guilt, divorce, separation, break-ups, relationship issues, life stage crises, issues around race and culture, feeling stuck in life, personal development.
Many people who come to therapy are simply curious to learn more about themselves and to develop self awareness.
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South London (SE24)
£55* - 50 mins
£55, 50 minute session
£75, 80 minute session
*limited number of concessionary places available for those on a low income
All outdoor sites are within easy walking distance (under 3 minutes) from public transport.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evening appointments available
Types of client
Supervision & training
I'm a Nature-based Psychotherapist, I use London's parks and woodland as therapeutic spaces.View supervision profile