Karen Cotterill - Integrative Counsellor & Walk Talk Therapist
Hello and welcome! My name's Karen, and I'm here to help you.
I am an Integrative Counsellor, who offers a slightly different approach to counselling by working in what I consider to be the best therapeutic space of all - the great outdoors.
Although I trained - and occasionally still work - in the traditional way, I have always tried to encourage my clients to spend some time with Nature, as people who incorporate outside activities as part of their therapy begin to experience a marked improvement in their general well-being and mental health - perhaps this could work for you, too.
Sometimes it can be easier to have a conversation about your circumstances so I can answer any questions or concerns you may have. If, at any point, you'd like to speak to me about the support I can offer you, just call me on 07913 337955.
The benefits of outdoor vs indoor therapy
The benefits of Nature are recognised by MIND, the mental health charity. From my experience, even a small amount of time spent outside has positive results for clients, and this is why I consider it to be the best therapeutic space of all.
Many of us seem almost detached from the beautiful space that surrounds us, not realising what an instrumental part it can play in our welfare. I decided to take my work there in the hope that I could help people reconnect, whilst trying to unearth why they feel troubled and unable to cope.
Many of my clients express finding this way of working far more relaxing and less intimidating, although perhaps unconventional - however, the results I have witnessed speak for themselves. The healing properties of Nature are many.
How and where we'll work together
I typically work on Mersea Island as it has so much to offer; the sea, the beach, a coastal path walk, open grassland, some wooded areas and cliffs. Seating areas are available on the coastal path and open grassland. If you have another outside space in mind that you would like to work from, please feel free to let me know.
I generally suggest an initial assessment session to begin with, as this allows us to meet each other and for me to get some idea of your predicament - and it also allows you to experience this way of working first-hand without commitment.
If we decide to continue our work together, we can use one of these beautiful arenas to explore your situation, looking to find a greater understanding as to how your life events, experiences and influences may be affecting you now and begin to determine how best to implement change.
I will always endeavour to find an environment that is private and confidential, where you feel able to talk without fear of being overheard.
As walks take place come rain or shine, wearing appropriate clothing is essential.
Getting in touch
I appreciate that making initial contact can sometimes seem daunting and aim to make this process as easy as possible, so if you feel anxious at the prospect of being the one to pick up the phone to make an appointment, just send me a text or email confirming when it is convenient for me to contact you and I will be in touch, or perhaps you would just like to find out more about this way of counselling and how it could help you.
I welcome you to either call or text me on 07913 337955 or click here to send me an email.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained and qualified with Life-Force School of Counselling in Colchester, which is a BACP Accredited Course (Gold Book Standard 2009).
- Stage 2 Introduction to Counselling 2014
- Stage 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills 2015
- Stage 4 Diploma in Integrative Counselling 2016 - 2017.
I have worked for an organisation that provides care and support for individuals involved in addiction on their journey through recovery.
My experience and learning continues.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- General unhappiness with life
- Illness and dying
- Mental health issues
- Parenting skills
- Understanding the consequences of childhood events & experiences
This is offered at a cost of £30 and lasts between thirty minutes to an hour. This allows us to meet each other and begin to consider the issues that are troubling you
Appointments are offered at a cost of £50 and last for one hour
Are subject to availability
Combining a dog walk
It is also recognised how therapeutic dog walking is. I have a rescue dog and agree wholeheartedly with these findings, so I am more than happy if you wish to bring your dog along too.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Weekdays, evenings (depending on the time of year) and weekends. Please contact to check availability.
Types of client