Elaine Thelier Therapeutic Counsellor BACP
I'm based in Slaithwaite and offer walk and talk therapy. 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 have worked outdoors for over 10 years and people have said they find this useful. You don't have to be fit or even used to being outdoors - we can go at your pace.
Most of us face challenges in our lives. From stresses at work or in our relationships, to deeper, more lasting feelings of anxiety or depression. These situations can sometimes make us feel there is something wrong with us or that we are ill. With the right insights, tools and actions you can take an active role in thinking and feeling better.
I have a person-centred approach and use transactional analysis (TA) as a working tool. TA explores patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Some of these are useful to us and some may not be useful which can sometimes create upset, anxiety and feelings of depression.
I also work from a room my own home and provide a quiet, safe space to help you explore what has initially brought you to counselling and help you find some solutions or a better understanding of what's going on for you.
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.
Counselling and therapy can help you to gain understanding and awareness about your situation or why you are feeling the way you are. We can have an initial chat by telephone or email and 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
MA Spiritual Practice
B.Ed Hons Art and Education
Qualified Gym Instructor
Training in Compassion Focused Therapy, Youth Mental First Aid, Natural Reflections -Taking TA Outdoors, Risk Assessment
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Whilst I work with individuals of all ages regardless of sexuality, culture, race, and ethnicity, I also have a particular interest in
- People who want to go outdoors for their therapy
- Young people with anxiety and depression
- People dealing with loss and bereavement
- People experiencing spiritual crisis
- People experiencing loss of meaning for life
Sessions £40 indoors and outdoors. Longer sessions for outdoors can be negotiated. I offer a reduced rate of £35 for 6 or more booked outdoor sessions. I also offer a concessionary rate for under 21s and full time students of £30 per session
You do not have to be 'super fit', used to walking or even the outdoors to have an outdoor session, we can go at your own pace.
Confidentiality and safety are maintained at all times.
There are a number of short easy walks near where I live which are safe and relatively accessible.
We can meet indoors or outdoors for the first session and you can decide if this approach is right for you.
I have considerable experience of working with young people
I am a life-long journal writer and offer this as a tool to help you gain clarity, awareness and understanding
In addition to one to one counselling I am experienced in psycho-educational group work focusing on nature-based therapy, use of a reflective journal for personal growth, creativity and spiritual practice to support health and well-being.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I currently have some Friday appointments and some late afternoon and early evening appointments available during the week
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|