Hi my name is Scania and I offer Counselling in Nature as well as in a conventional counselling room. Counselling in Nature is often called Ecotherapy, Rewilding or Walk and Talk. Have a look at my website to get a feel of what I do: www.thelifeyoulove.co.uk Give me a call, I know its a scary step taking that first leap into change and so I understand the courage it takes to make that call/email.
My aim: So you feel understood and supported, a place, to express your feelings in a safe and appropriate way. I don’t offer a promise of total happiness, but I do offer the opportunity to explore and accept your past experiences and move forward positively with your life. Together we go on a journey, we are equals in the process. A place where change can happen. Together we can explore the terrain.
I work in a conventional therapy setting (room) and also offer Eco therapy which is like conventional therapy but it takes place in nature. The beach and woodlands have been a great place to start the journey. On occasions we can light a fire.
Deciding to have counselling can be a very powerful and life-affirming choice. Sometimes it can feel not that easy or comfortable. You may find it confusing all these new emotions, want to give up. Be reassured that this is a normal part of the counselling process and it will get easier.
I have a philosophy in life that everyone has a right to be able to get in touch with themselves and sometimes these times coincide with not being financially abundant, I offer a sliding scale with price. Through amazing people, challenging people and the natural world, I believe with all my heart this has lead me to create “the life you love.” Which sole aim is to inspire, support and bring forth others into a life they will love too.
What is Eco Therapy?: Ecotherapy is typically conducted outdoors, so is sometimes called 'walk and talk' or simply 'outdoor therapy'. In some ways outdoor counselling sessions are the same as those conducted indoors, except that we meet for each 1 hr session in a natural space. Counselling and psychotherapy outdoors is grounded on the same foundations as conventional therapy, but has the added input of nature as a kind of co-therapist. If our setting allows we can use fire to sit around during our session.
My Style as a Counsellor: After I qualified as a Therapeutic Counsellor I decided i wanted to delve into a more spiritual way of counselling, a way that felt more my journey, I felt something was missing in the room, a key part of the journey. So I went on to qualify as a psycho-spiritual psychotherapeutic Counsellor.
What does that mean?
Psycho-Spiritual Counselling takes the Soul, rather than the Mind, as its starting point of balance. It has an expanded view of life, recognising that the world is a complex mystery and it takes into account belief systems, universal & personal energy systems, intuitive psychic realities, karmic interplay, subconscious and superconscious states of awareness, metaphysical experiences, spiritual theology, spiritual presence and higher-self cosmic connections.
Spiritual Counselling sees that life is innately personal and individuals want to build their own unique, flowing relationship with it, organically and without force. With the Soul being the starting point individuals come from the heart, whilst not forgetting their head, and from this heart space they care for the sacred interdependence of all life. Compassion for self and compassion for others is a core concept for their personal and collective growth. As Spiritual Counselling is holistic there is no separation, no duality between personal or collective responses and reaction, all is intrinsically linked. There is awareness that life experiences become the greatest tool, with the integration of personal pains and personal journey. The aim is for clients to express themselves and their world with intimate wisdom, spiritual awareness and personal authenticity; using integrity and wise use of their spiritual gifts, skills and knowledge.
Spiritual counsellors need a cross cultural awareness and an understanding around spiritual emergency and other issues of spirituality. They recognise, and are committed to, a spiritual journey in their own lives, and the lives of others. By focusing on their core inner connection, creating an open heart connection and a mindfulness state, they create a holding and sacred space for the personal unfoldment of their clients.
In Spiritual Counselling the emphasis is on wholeness, dealing with the whole person, and assisting the client in inner balance and integration of all the dimensions of Self. It is experiential and focuses on the client’s individual experiences and reality, so the counsellor respecting them as unique assumes that the client’s reality is different from their own. As each client is seen as an individual the sessions are non-prescriptive and individually tailored. The counsellor is thus active and creative, responding to the immediate issues brought by the client. The assumption is that human beings are innately motivated towards achieving their highest potential of awareness and fulfilment; the counsellor’s role is to support this and trust the client’s process.
The spiritual journey can be blissful and awakening, but also it can be arduous, frightening and lonely. Anyone can have a spiritual experience, or peak experience, but holistic self-realisation is a different matter. Spiritual development best occurs at the point when the Ego identity is strong enough to take a little disorientation. One’s understanding and meaning of one’s lives depend on the presence of Ego. If the Ego is not strong and does not hold the person in a healthy reality; the spiritual opening then results in fragmentation and crises. This altered State of Consciousness can be catastrophic to the Ego if the individual contacts the lower level of consciousness rather than the higher level of consciousness. A healthy Ego arises from the healing and integration of past traumas and of Self-Realisation/ Self-Awareness.
Spiritual counselling recognises that the split between psychotherapy and spirituality in the West is a cultural, not a natural, phenomenon. It takes as its roots Transpersonal Psychology, Spiritual Psychology, Humanistic Psychology, Psychosynthesis, and Person-Centred Counselling
Having awareness of a spiritual identity; - we are all more than our personalities and our problems.
Faith in Self; - that we have within us the wisdom to make the right choices.
Faith in potential; - that every situation has a potential for growth.
Faith in the journey; - that our lives have meaning.
Faith in Spirit; - that we are truly Spiritual Beings.
Amazing description by Collette Banard (Sweet track Counselling)
Gong Therapy: The Gong can be profoundly emotional, and in the last few decades the use of music and musical instruments as a form of psychotherapy has become increasingly popular. I use psychotherapeutic techniques along with the Gong to treat a broad range of conditions, including psychological, cognitive, and emotional issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
I started off my career in Los Angeles with Entertainment Lawyers whilst living in Hollywood. I then moved back to the UK and was head of PR at an award winning outdoor sports brand. Each day never the same… black days…blue days… joyous and sad. I became aware this was my life to live and in that realisation my life changed. I changed tack to follow my new vocation in life, became a Holistic Therapist, a Sound Therapist (using the Gong) and a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, which has ignited a passion which grows ever more focused with each person I meet and exchange time with.
My professional experience includes working with people with common life problems, varies types of mental illness, addictions, anxiety, depression, sexual/physical abuse; adult children of alcoholics, university students, menopause, family issues, transgender, adults and adolescents. I have also been a counsellor at Dorset Rape Crisis (now STARRS)
- CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotheraputic Counselling (psycho-spiritual model)
- Rewilding- Eco Therapy-eco-psychology training with Sweet Track Counselling accredited training centre.
- Sound Therapy: The College Of Sound Healing- CMA Accredited Course Gong Practitioner
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency
- Working Relationally with Survivors of Complex Trauma.
- Compassion Focused Therapy for Sexual Abuse and Rape.
Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. (BACP).
Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT)
- Trauma Counsellor at Dorset Rape Crisis.
- University students
- Marital and relationship Problems
- Adult survivors of Sexual Abuse
- Life problems
- Mid life Emergence
- Spiritual emergencies
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are £40 a session.
I do offer discounted sessions to low incomes and students.
Concessions offered for
I work mainly in Poole. My sessions take place in nature sometimes around a fire, at the beach or in woodlands. I am available for online sessions and inside sessions too.
I work in Poole, Wimborne, Dorchester, Gaunts House (NR Wimborne) and a private woodland NR Sherborne