Elaine Thelier Indoor and Outdoor Counselling BACP

Elaine Thelier   Indoor and Outdoor Counselling BACP

About me

I offer indoor and outdoor counselling. Having to deal with a personal crisis can feel isolating, overwhelming and sometimes too difficult to manage alone. Deciding to have counselling is the first step to feeling better.

People have counselling for a range of reasons, you may not know exactly what’s troubling you but things just don’t seem right. We can work together to find ways through confusion and difficulties.

Who do I work with?

I work with individuals of all ages and cultural backgrounds experiencing anxiety, depression, work/career issues, relationship problems, separation, loss of any kind and bereavement, self-harm, suicidal thinking, identity crisis, finding meaning, spiritual crisis.

I am experienced in working with young adults, 18-30 years. I also work with older people, people of different faiths and LGBTQ communities

Where do I work?

I provide a confidential, safe space in my home in the Colne Valley. I also work outdoors on the footpaths on the canal, rivers and hills in the Colne and Holme Valleys.

What's my approach?

I have a person-centred approach and use transactional analysis (TA) as a working tool and start from where you are.

When working outdoors I use the outdoor space, the landscape, and the climate  to help you articulate your feelings and emotions and to help you gain a better understanding of what's going on for you. Room-based counselling isn't for everyone and being outdoors can give you a different kind of 'space' in which to explore personal issues.

I am spiritually minded, in a non-religious way, and offer sensitive, non-judgemental sessions to help you find inner connection and explore life from a different perspective.


If you want to focus on changing a particular habit or want to work towards a specific goal or action, coaching may be more suited to you. We would work together on what you want to achieve or change, the challenges you face and how you can find ways to overcome these. This is different from counselling - it's not about your deepest fears, concerns or emotions but a pragmatic and practical way of making some changes in your life.


I deliver writing therapy workshops for small groups. This is an opportunity to explore personal experiences through therapeutic journal writing in a safe confidential setting.


I deliver sessions in educational and training settings on my experience of working outdoors, including the principles and therapeutic rationale of outdoor work, the benefits to clients and therapists and the practical considerations in working outdoors with clients.

If you are interested in finding out more, we can have an initial chat by telephone or email where you can ask any questions and find out as much as you need to before making the decision to work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling

Certificate in Outdoor Therapy

CPD in Coaching Skills

Mental Health First Aid

MA Spiritual Practice

B.Ed Hons Art and Education

Qualified Gym Instructor

CPD Training in Compassion Focused Therapy, Youth Mental First Aid, Risk Assessment, Transgender, Eating Disorders, Trauma

I have worked in outdoor settings for over 10 years and co-founded 'Growing Works', a charity and social enterprise, offering outdoor activities in West Yorkshire.

I have volunteered with the Womencentre, Huddersfield for almost 10 years as a counsellor and outdoor practitioner.

I work term-time at the University of Huddersfield in student guidance.

I undertake on-going professional development to ensure I continue to build my knowledge and understanding

I have regular supervision with a qualified supervisor to ensure I work appropriately and to a high standard.

I have Professional Civil Liability insurance, am a member of BACP and abide by their code of ethics framework.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


Sessions £45 indoors and outdoors. Longer sessions for outdoors can be negotiated. I offer a concessionary rate for under 21s, full time students and unwaged of £35 per session

Maps & Directions

Huddersfield, HD7

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

There are several settings I use for outdoor work. The Huddersfield narrow canal is now more accessible for wheelchair users. I have a downstairs room in my home I can use that is wheelchair accessible.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults