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Do you live with the impacts of trauma or an overwhelming experience? Maybe you feel stuck with feelings of depression or anxiety and this has taken the joy out of your life? Or do you simply just want to reconnect with life in a more nourishing way?
I'm a warm, down to earth, empathic Counsellor and Ecotherapist, offering a safe, confidential and compassionate space, while supporting you to explore what's most needed.
Are you suffering from chronic stress, anxiety or depression or a whole host of other painful feelings like sadness and fear, anger, helplessness or numbness? Or are you finding it hard to deal with the current challenges within our world?
Chronic stress is becoming more and more common and this has a profound impact upon your life. It changes the way you relate with yourself and others, makes life feel like a constant challenge, it also effects health.
Imagine how would it be, if you could process past trauma or current chronic stress compassionately? I will help you by teaching some simple psychoeducation and self care techniques. Which are aimed to support you to regulate, soothe and relieve stress within the nervous system. While you discover inner resources and skills that support your ability to navigate daily life with more ease, connection and well-being.
My approach is person centred, I believe kind, non-judgmental, honest and respectful relationship provides the right conditions, for our innate capacity for healing to thrive. As you explore what's most needed, I'll empathically feel and listen as you share. I'll often guide you to notice physical sensations, thoughts and feelings. As this mindful approach supports your innate ability, to reconnect with the bodies natural healing and integration capacities.
I work with a Polyvagal approach to counselling. An understanding of how our autonomic nervous system (ANS) reacts to experiences, by initiating responses that help us navigate towards more safety. You've likely heard of the fight, flight and freeze responses.
Unfortunately; within our modern-day ways of living, it's common for these ANS responses to get stuck in the protective cycles of fight, flight or freeze. This leads to living a life, which is filled with chronic stress, feelings of anxiety or depression, fear and isolation.
This is significant because when our nervous system is stuck in these defensive patterns, our body-mind is in a survival maintenance mode. Where our healing capacities, ability to thrive and enjoy life is profoundly reduced.
However; when we do feel safe our body-mind naturally feels nourished by this, as we feel more connection, ease and well-being. Our body-mind naturally heals and repairs when we feel safe, at the root level of our biology.
With a polyvagal approach to counselling, you can learn to become more aware of this process and develop new skills. Skills that support your body-mind to reconnect with safety, connection and well-being.
Ways to work with me.
I offer in person counselling based in Thurso, Scotland. You can choose to have traditional counselling sessions which are held indoors or walk and talk therapy which are outdoors. I also offer counselling support online, via zoom.
Ecotherapy sessions are held within quiet natural spaces, around the Thurso area. This kind of therapy supports your deepening therapeutic connection with nature. This has been shown to improve physical, mental emotional and spiritual health, as the natural world offers a deep support for our healing process. Nature connection encourages a discovery of fresh solutions and new ways of being within the world.
If you'd like to learn more about Ecotherapy visit:
Get in touch to find out more or to arrange a free initial 30 min introductory appointment, via zoom. The introductory session is an opportunity to gain some sense of me and ask any questions. And I can find out more about you and what your needing.
Training, qualifications & experience
- EMDR Training - Jennifer Sweeton
- Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing) Diploma Training
- Interpersonal Neurobiology - Daniel Seigel
- One Year of Ployvagal Theory - Deb Dana
- Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing) Basic Practitioner Training Course
- Advanced Diploma in Humanistic counselling - Level 5
- Ten Directions Eco-therapy training, Certificate in other centered environmentally based therapies
- The Heart of Trauma - Bonnie Badenoch
- One year Nature Immersion and Bush Craft training Trackways - Thomas Schorr-Kon
- Working with Shame - Carolyn Spring
- Working with Trauma - Carolyn Spring
- The Rewind Technique - Human Givens
- Evolutionary Relationships - Terry Real &Thomas Hubl
- Mystical principles of Healing - Thomas Hubl
- Transparent communication - Thomas Hubl
- Mystical principle of relationship - Thomas Hubl
- Transpersonal meditation, mindfulness and deep exploration of Self- 12 years study and practice - Adyashanti
- One year Core Shamanism - The Sacred Trust - Simon Buxton
- Certificate In Counselling
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Developmental Trauma
- Climate and Ecological Anxiety
- Healing with nature in mind.
£45.00 - £50.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
My fees are:
£50 for 1 hour in person appointments.
£45 for 1 hour zoom- online or phone appointments.
When I work
I offer in person counselling based in Thurso, Scotland which can be both indoors or outdoors through walk and talk Therapy. If your not local to this area, we can meet online instead, via Zoom.
I also offer outdoor and online Eco & Nature Therapy sessions. Where you'll be offered various nature connection practices to try out in nature, specific to your needs.
- These Eco & Nature Therapy sessions could be for you;
- If you'd like a counselling process which integrates healing with nature.
- Or to simply deepen your relationship with the natural world
- If you'd like to develop a spiritual connection with the world.
For more details visit my website. www.befriendinglife.org