Fiona Waddle. PG.Dip, BA (HONS). MBACP
Hello, and thank you for visiting my profile.
I am a qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) working in accordance with the Ethical Framework.
I offer a confidential, empathic, welcoming and accepting counselling experience, working alongside you at your pace. I work from a person centred theoretical base, with an integrative approach, that draws upon a range of counselling theories and resources, including mindfulness, meditation, creative arts therapy and the outdoor environment.
In our busy ever changing world I believe the process of counselling can help us to recover from ongoing distress and move us forward during challenging times and life changes; it may enable us to reconnect with ourselves; lead to greater self awareness; assist us in reaching our potential; and have a positive impact on the continuous management and maintainance of our emotional, physical and spiritual wellness
I am based at the Torus Wellbeing Clinic in Stoke on Trent which is a warm, peaceful and welcoming environment.
Offering Face to Face, Telephone, Online Counselling and Walk and Talk therapy.
Walk and Talk sessions take place outdoors in parks and green spaces around Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire.
Read a little bit about Walk and Talk therapy here:
Walk and Talk therapy is as it sounds - a combination of counselling and walking that takes place, outside of the traditional counselling room, in a park, nature reserve, woodland or greenspace.
The client and counsellor walk side by side. A flow and rhythm to the counselling experience and relationship between them is established, with an ease and equality that is supported and enriched by the natural surroundings.
Regularly walking in nature is a healing experience:
Physically it will deliver more oxygen into our bodies and raise serotonin levels in the brain, regulate our blood pressure and strengthen our bones, increase our fitness and energy levels, build and tone lean muscle, prevent muscle loss, boost our immune system and improve our stamina and lung capacity.
Mindfully, being in nature encourages us to be in the moment, to move forward, to breathe deeply, to notice, to accept, to listen and to connect to our inner selves and the world around us. It is a multi-sensory experience that enables us to foster greater self-awareness. Allowing us to take a break from the busy, overwhelming and mundane aspects of our lives and begin to find some peace for ourselves.
Combining walking in nature with counselling offers clients the opportunity to express difficult issues and personal stories with the counsellor by their side, accompanying them on the actual and metaphorical journey through the landscape of the walk and talk session. It is a helpful therapy for clients who may be dealing with; longstanding issues, adjusting to loss and big life changes, feeling low in confidence, stuck, isolated, anxious or depressed.
The planning and preparation for the Walk and Talk sessions takes place over the phone or in the therapy room where the practical concerns are addressed by the counsellor and client together:
Location: I have many tried and tested green locations to offer my clients and will consider and try out any new suggestions prior to the session.
Weather: It is important to feel comfortable and be appropriately dressed for the presenting weather. If the conditions are extreme, there is the option of relocating to the counselling room at Torus Wellbeing Clinic.
Ability: Everyone is unique in their ability and as always, we walk together at a pace set by the client; that might be a steady constant walk or a gentler walk with rest stops for contemplation.
People: If we see people who are familiar to us during the session, we may acknowledge them and continue our journey or change direction to minimise encounter.
Surprises: The outdoor environment is less controllable than the counselling room, there could be surprises en-route and we plan for and acknowledge this before we set off.
The Journey Continues: Once the client experiences a shift or feels that they have achieved some resolution, the regular Walk and Talk sessions may come to an end. Clients might continue to access the resource that is nature and reap the therapeutic benefits of spending time walking in green spaces as part of their ongoing self-care and wellbeing maintenance.
If you would like to chat about how we might work together I would be glad to hear from you - do get in touch via email or telephone. If I miss your call please leave a message and I will get back to you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling – Staffordshire University
- BA (Hons) Fine Art – Staffordshire University
- University Certificate in Counselling Skills – Staffordshire University
- Certificate in Basic Counselling Skills – Staffordshire University
- Certificate in Developing Approaches to Creative Consultation – Staffordshire University
- Certificate in Developing Arts for Health – Staffordshire University
Training and CPD:
- Evaluating Practice (2019)
- Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse (2019)
- Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults (2019)
- Domestic Abuse Awareness (2019)
- Attachment Styles and Relationships (2018)
- Approaches to working with Addiction (2018)
- Kinesiology and Self Awareness (2018)
- Paediatric First Aid Level 3 (2017 – 2020 Qualified First Aid
- Data Protection (2017)
- Health and Safety in the Workplace (2017)
- Bereavement, Loss and Grief (2016)
- Mental Health First Aid (2014)
- Disability Awareness (2014)
- Dementia Awareness (2015)
- Sex and Relationship Education (2015)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Free initial 30 minute telephone consultation session
1 hour counselling session £40.00
1 hour Walk and Talk session £35.00
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I currently have appointments available for Walk and Talk Therapy or Counselling on weekday evenings from 5.30pm and on Saturday mornings.
Types of client