I offer Integrative, Wild and Animal Assisted Therapies and EMDR, separately or as a lovely integration of them all. Working outdoors is my preference but am also happy online. I am fully trained, experienced and insured
Need a breath of fresh air? Change of scenery? Anxieties and problems can sometimes weigh very heavy and it can be easy for things from the past or present to feel like they are getting on top of us, or maybe you've been meaning to get some support for a while and now is the time to move forward and feel better.
Over the past 19 years, I have supported all kinds of people with a wide variety of things they find difficult and we can decide together if I am the right person and this is the right thing for you. I offer a flexible approach to counselling and counselling supervision working outdoors, walking, sitting, with my dog or yours, and online.
There are also proven mental and physical benefits to being in nature, walking if you can and being with companion animals and my Wild Therapy and Animal Assisted Therapy training harness all of these to support you and the confidentiality and range of difficulties we can address are just the same. No one will know it's counselling unless you tell them - people will just see us out for a chat. My dog Stanley and I have worked together for almost eight years. Why not combine your dog walk with your counselling session, join me and Stanley on our walk, or bring a flask and sit on a park bench in the sunshine or meet in a cafe. If the weather doesn't suit you we can switch from a walk to a Zoom.
I offer Integrative, Wild and Animal Assisted Therapies and EMDR, separately or as a lovely integration of them all. Working outdoors is my preference but am also happy online. I am fully trained, experienced and insured.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Senior Accredited Supervisor status with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Integrative Counselling is my core training and draws on different established theories and skills that are integrated to create a unique blend of influences that reflect what is meaningful and valuable to the counsellor and their clients. Becoming more aware of what is painful for us and where it originates we are more able to find a way forward through difficulties and make choices and changes that support our wellbeing and personal goals. These choices are always yours and I offer a professional relationship with appropriate boundaries, experience and training to support how you want to move forward.
Wild Therapy is a way of working that emphasises working with how things are rather than pushing against or controlling our world and working outdoors in and with the natural environment if possible as well as our deep connection to things around us, human and non-human. More information here: http://wild-therapy.co.uk
Animal Assisted Therapy - Our connection to animals has been part of our evolution for thousands of years, and for many of us this supports our good mental health. I am no exception and I love working with my therapy dog Stanley. He is a light and playful influence as well as reminding us to stop, sniff, and look at what's happening in the present.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) helps recovery from trauma and distressing life experiences that can feel stuck and difficult to move on from. It does not always involve lengthy discussion but allows the brain to support its own natural healing capacity by processing things in a particular way. EMDR can often, but not always, be combined with Integrative, Wild or Animal Assisted work outdoors. More information here: https://emdrassociation.org.uk
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Young People (11-18)
- Animal Assisted Therapy
£60.00 per session
£60 per hour - all therapies online and in person within a 5 mile radius of my base.
Other locations are negotiable to cover travel costs.