Rachel Hamilton MBACP - The Outdoor Therapist
I offer professional outdoor counselling and psychotherapy in beautiful spaces in and around Plymouth and SE Cornwall. If you don't want to sit opposite your therapist in a confined indoor space Outdoor Therapy might be worth a try.
Being outdoors in nature can improve your mental health. Trusted studies have shown how it can help reduce anxiety, stress, depression, burn out and low mood, boost self esteem, and be useful for people in life crisis, feeling stuck or struggling with loss or bereavement.
Movement helps you process feelings and thoughts more clearly. I provide the unique opportunity for you to walk and talk confidentially with me in natural environments.
You set the pace - we can walk briskly, wander slowly or find a quiet space to sit. I am discrete and will listen with acceptance and understanding, giving you the space to explore what you need to move forward.
For more details please visit my website: theoutdoortherapist.com
I have worked with adults and young people in different counselling environments.
My core training is person-centered, I have also trained in Solution Focused techniques, Single Session Therapy and Outdoor Therapy. I am an Emergency First Aider.
I am fully insured, DBS checked and a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists and work within their ethical framework.
If you would like to book a free initial phone/online session or if you are curious and would like to find out a little more about what I offer - do get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications and Training:
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
BA Hons Degree in Art in the Community Context and Environmental Studies
Taking Therapy Outside: understanding therapeutic practice in outdoor natural spaces
ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
MHFA - Mental Health First Aid
ABC - About Bereavement Care - Cruse
Emergency First Aid
I work as a Associate Counsellor at Plymouth University. Here I work with students of all ages who are mainly struggling with anxiety, depression, low mood, relationship difficulties, self harm, life crisis, body image and low self esteem.
I am also a Bereavement Counsellor for the National Bereavement Charity Cruse, here I work with anyone who is suffering from loss.
Before this I worked as a Placement Counsellor at Plymouth College of Art for both HE and FE students.
I have also led voluntary 'drop in' art workshops at Hamoaze House, a day support rehabilitation facility for people in the community affected by problematic use of drugs and/or alcohol.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I offer a free initial phone/online session (30mins approximately). This gives us both time to explore your needs and how therapy can help you. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have.
Outdoor Therapy Session - 1hr
Each session is £55. Block book 4 or more sessions in advance, £50 per session.
Outdoor Single Session Therapy - 1.5 hrs
Also known as 'One at a Time Therapy' - this is a 'one off' longer session that focuses on a specific issue. It can work well if you are feeling stuck or want to unravel a problem. Sometimes all you need is a little help, taking a few guided steps forward can enable you to travel the rest of the journey without further assistance. Sometimes a single session is all it takes. Single Session £95.
The natural spaces we can walk in :
Mount Edgcumbe, SE Cornwall: Perched on Rame Head; overlooking the sea and Plymouth. With over 800 acres of woodland, coastal paths and landscaped gardens. Wheelchair access.
Church Town Farm, Saltash: 60 acres of woods and fields with expansive views across the Lynher Estuary.
Central Park, Plymouth: Originally created in 1928 as a park devoted to the improvement of the health of the city residents. Wheelchair access.
Cotehele, Nr Saltash: Ancient woodland and undulating pathways that follow the Tamar estuary and its tributaries. Wheelchair access.
Plym Bridge Woods, Plymstock: Provides a relatively level, easy meander alongside the River Plym through majestic woodland. Wheelchair access.
I have extensive knowledge of each space and will make sure you feel safe.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am taking on new clients at the moment. Please contact me to discuss availability.
Types of client