Elaine Thelier Counselling Outdoors BACP
I offer walk and talk counselling. Room-based counselling isn't for everyone and being outdoors can give you a different kind of 'space' in which to explore personal issues.
How does it work?
- We use the natural environment for a counselling session instead of a traditional room.
- We talk as we walk, and go at your pace.
- We use the environment to gain perspective and clarity.
- We find safe places so that it's easier to talk.
Why go outdoors?
Research has shown that being outdoors is good for us. And talking things through with a counsellor can help us find a way through difficult times. So why not combine the two?
The sessions are safe and confidential. You don't have to be super fit or used to being outdoors - we go at your pace.
Who do I work with?
I work with individuals and groups of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
I am experienced in working with young adults, 18-30 years, experiencing anxiety, depression, work/career issues, relationship issues, separation, loss and bereavement, self-harm and mental health issues.
What do clients say?
"I enjoy being outdoors. I find it easier to talk and can be myself"
"I like walking side by side rather than being face to face in a room. I can relax and talk things through more easily"
"Having counselling outdoors is great! I've had counselling before but found this difficult as I was confined to a room and felt uncomfortable. Being able to move around and be active really helped me say what I needed to say"
What's my approach?
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.
I have a person-centred approach and use transactional analysis (TA) as a working tool.
I also work from a room my own home and provide a confidential, safe space.
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.
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 problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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.
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|
Wednesday daytime. Evenings during week. Early Saturday morning
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|