Jamie Giddens MBACP, Dip.Coun, Counselling Outside
If you need to "clear the air", but not in a therapy room, then perhaps running, walking or sitting together outside, may provide just the focus you need, to get what you want from counselling.
Stepping forwards together can be reassuring and bring a sense of equality to our relationship. Held as we are 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. I will listen to how life is at the moment and be with you, helping you in your direction.
For me being together outside provides an experience of relationship within therapy, movement, and nature, that allows the witnessing of one's 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.
Over the last few years I have run thousands of miles, sometimes nonstop for 24hrs. 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 how we get on. 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. Every bodies relationship with movement and nature is different. I don't want to impose my experience onto others, but simply to allow us 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)
- Transactional Analysis
- Gestalt Counselling
- Existential therapy
- Ultra marathons, fell running, mountaineering, multi day sea kayak expeditions
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Photos & videos
I charge £40 for 60 minute sessions and £50 for 90 minute sessions.
"The grounded stillness of a tree trunk,
A steady base that supports,
Fragile movement of it's twigs,
Noticing of resilience,
Of heather rooted to rocky soil."
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client