Karen Cotterill - Integrative Counsellor & Walk Talk Therapist
How can I help you?
I am an Integrative Counsellor, who offers a 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. It is apparent that the clients who incorporate outside activities as part of their therapy begin to experience a marked improvement in their general wellbeing and mental health. So maybe this could work for you too.
How can working outdoors help?
The benefits of Nature is something that is recognised by MIND, the mental health charity. From my experience, even a small amount of time spent outside has positive results. 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 will we work together?
I 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.
I also work in and around Chelmsford as this is perhaps a more convenient location for some whilst still offering a break from the hustle and bustle with its large open spaces, various parks and riverside walks, some of which are close to the city centre. Various seating areas are available in these locations.
If you have another outside space in mind that you would like to work from, please feel free to mention it.
Having arranged where and when we will meet, we can introduce ourselves and head off for our walk, or if you prefer, we can combine this with sitting periodically, the choice is yours. I will always endeavour to find an enviornment that is private and confidential, where you feel able to talk without fear of being overheard.
Initially I suggest an assessment session 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, which might be unfamiliar to you. If we choose 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.
As walks take place come rain or shine, wearing appropriate clothing is essential.
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.
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
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
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