Mind, Body and Sole ( Lisa Williams, Walking Therapist)
Talking Therapy has been proven to benefit those who suffer with an unhealthy mental wellbeing.
Walking and exercise has been also proven to help those that suffer with anxiety and depression, amongst other issues. Imagine putting both of those together!
The majority of us think that counselling has to be done traditionally in a therapy room, and although I still offer the opportunity for this, I offer the outdoors as our therapy room. Imagine being free to walk at your own pace, and having someone beside you to help explore your feelings, fears and anxieties.
I'd be walking literally and metaphorically beside you, all of the way.
I'm a big believer that a counselling room offers that safe and private place for you to explore and express your feelings, but that can also be the case for being outside, there are no restrictions of four walls. If you found traditional therapy something that didn't work for you, this could be something that is worth trying.
The benefits from being outside are huge... fresh air, being at one with nature, exercise, reduces blood pressure, it releases endorphins making you feel good.
Mindfulness can help build your resilience, which can help you challenge your anxieties and stresses. The outdoors creates a perfect natural environment for you to build upon this.
Whether its fresh, cold, warm, snowy or rainy, getting out for a walk refreshes you.
Talking helps to understand not only your past, but your current stuckness, and what goals you would like to realistically achieve in the future. Counselling provides the space not to be judged and for you to feel safe enough to be who you need to be and to be supported in those moments.
Anxiety for example, can create a physiological impact on your body and I strongly believe and am passionate that both walking and talking together therapeutically can only lead to positive outcomes. I wont be wearing a t-shirt that says therapist, nobody has to know. And, because I come to you, I can plan a walk to suit. If you are a new mum, bring your baby, there's no need to pay for childcare, or try to fit in a session, the fresh air will also be good for your baby.
You could also utilise your dinner hour at work, making sure you are in a good place of course to go back to work, but saves trying to fit a session in around work or take time off.
We could even work our sessions so you could bring your dog! I know how much positivity I get from taking my dog for a walk.
Whilst walking therapy may only be good for certain issues, it would be important to have an assessment indoors to begin with for me to determine whether I can support you appropriately outdoors. This is where we would agree on what to do alternatively if the weather is badBy walking and talking, it will benefit you both emotionally and physically. Its good for the mind, body and soul ( or sole!)
Training, qualifications & experience
My experience has helped shape the counsellor I am today. I have worked with prisoners and their families, with children in those families ranging from toddler to teen. I understand the impact of having a loved one in prison can have on all involved. I recognise the fears and anxieties, the feelings and pressures. If you have this situation going on for you at the moment, or you've been through it, but are struggling to cope with the adjustments as a result of a release of a family member, please think about giving me a message.
I have also worked with those who have experienced Sexual Exploitation, Coercive Control, Modern Day Slavery and PTSD. I empathise with the complexity that comes with these issues, and again for how it can impact on everyone. I have experience working within an Asian community. Being in a controlling relationship has so many areas of impact on your life, some that you may not even be aware of. If this is something that you are currently experiencing, or perhaps you are losing your identity and are struggling to survive, to regain you and who you want to be may seem unreachable at the moment, please think about giving me a message, we can work together to create realistic goals.
On a personal level, I have experienced betrayal, divorce, loss and bereavement, debt, redundancy and health issues such as invisible illnesses. My experiences have contributed and enhanced my practice. I have been a carer myself, I understand all that comes with that, however volunteering as a counsellor for Durham Carers in 2017 enabled me to enhance my understanding and knowledge of those in similar yet different situations.
Because of my personal experience, it has changed the way I think, see and feel about the outdoors. Mindfulness and self awareness skills becomes enhanced giving you a better chance of achieving a more positive mental wellbeing.
My core approach is CBT however I can use other approaches if appropriate making me an integrated counsellor. I obtained my BaHons degree in 2017 at Sunderland University. Being aware of mindfulness and the positives this brings, you can increase your chances of a healthier mind.
Please feel free to get in touch with me if you would like me to help.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
The assessment will be indoors, and could be either at Stanley or Consett currently. This will be charged at £25.
After this our outdoor sessions will be £50 for an hour, it can be reduced if you are on certain benefits but this can be discussed. I will travel to your location, and with prior notice of the address we are to meet, I will plan our walk and meeting point.
I can offer packages, depending on commitment to sessions which can be discussed if this would be of interest.
Please feel free to email, text or phone if you would like to chat or book a session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Walking for an hour will require you to be in reasonable health however we wont be mountain climbing!
I am available Monday to Friday during normal working hours, from Stanley,Consett, Gateshead and parts of Newcastle.
Types of client