Jamie Giddens MBACP, Dip.Coun, Fresh Air Counselling
Do you struggle with anxiety or depression and you'd like some help but not in a therapy room. Perhaps, walking or sitting together outside may provide just the focus you need, to get what you want from counselling.
I'm an integrative person centred counsellor based around Porthleven in south west Cornwall. My goal is to facilitate an experience within therapy movement and nature for you to discover the focus, and healing, you need in your life now.
Stepping forwards together can be reassuring and bring a sense of equality to our relationship. Held within the diverse landscape of Cornwall, in the stillness of a wood or in a wind, by a lake or beside a hedge, in a valley, then on a hill, next to an ever changing sea or in a building, I can provide a safe environment that is suitable for you. You can tell me how life is at the moment and I'll be with you, to help you in your direction.
For me being together outside provides an experience of relationship within therapy, movement, and nature, that can allow the witnessing of your feelings to be deeply enhanced. If you need someone to walk together with you in life at the moment, I can offer you honest acceptance at a pace that will suit you. The counselling is rooted in the person-centred approach, yet when it’s useful to do so I may integrate other types of counselling, or we may sit inside a building.
I have grown to trust how my feet move, step by step over a variety of terrains; in the dark, emerging into light, rising through fog, experiencing movement over ground, noticing a constant breath through landscapes that seem to go on and on. Sometimes I can’t carry on anymore and then around the next bend something new, perhaps a rest, or maybe a change.
What to expect
Our first meeting will be free and we can maybe go and sit down somewhere quite for a coffee and see what you need. We then might agree on a number of sessions and arrange to meet at a location where we can begin counselling outside.
I really value being still and sitting, yet having the freedom to move about when we want to seems really valuable. Our relationships with movement and nature are all different. I want us to find the space to make our sessions as usefully and life enhancing as possible.
In addition to working with clients in therapy outside, I have worked for many years, in a wide variety of roles helping people to improve their mental health. In addition I’ve worked as an outdoor adventure coach, a member of the British Mountaineering Council, Hill and moorland walking group leader with which I hold full professional indemnity Insurance. When I’m not counselling I enjoy making things, sea kayak expeditions, ultra running, surfing, camping, making music and playing with my family. I am a member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical framework.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Person Centred Counselling (BCAP)
- Certificate in Advanced Counselling (BACP)
- Hill and Moorland Walking Group Leader Award (British Mountaineering Council)
- Penhalligon counselling agency
- YMCA counselling agency
- counsellor at Glen Carne supported accommodation
- Mindfulness practice
- Person centred therapy
- Ultra marathons, fell running, mountaineering, being in the sea, playing the piano and guitar.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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I charge £50 for 60 minute sessions
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm
Types of client