Simon Heath MBACP
Hello, I'm Simon. Thank you for taking the time to view my page.
I am a Counsellor and Ecotherapist. Ecotherapy is an umbrella term for traditional counselling that takes place in the natural world.
Working outside enhances the therapeutic work - be it walk and talk therapy where we walk through woodland together; sitting in an open space; physically working together in a gardening session; or using elements of the natural world as a way of helping make sense of problems or issues – the work will help you (re)connect with the natural world and help you find your answers.
How we work will be tailored to your preference and will often develop and change as our work continues.
On a personal note, being outside, working in gardens forms part of my own therapeutic process. It gives me time to reflect and appreciate the beautiful part of the world that I live in. I am drawn to this way of working and find that clients can also take much from working outside. There are many proven benefits of being outside to both mental and physical wellbeing. The walking element of Walk and Talk therapy literally takes us on a journey, giving us choices of which path to take and encouraging us to find new ways of finding where we are going.
There is often a sense of freedom from being outside, but it can also feel exposed if you are talking about emotionally charged issues. All the spaces I use are chosen for their combination of natural harmony and privacy - enabling you to relax in the knowledge that whatever we discuss will remain confidential.
Since 2016 I have worked for Devon Counselling College as a tutor, teaching counselling and listening skills, a job which allows me to constantly re-evaluate my working practices and explore creative counselling interventions.
Counselling by its nature is a very intimate process; and working out what you feel you need can be tricky to start with. Our first session together will be used to set clear boundaries and is a time for us both to meet, talk about what you hope to gain from counselling and how we might work together.
As a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) I operate within their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and as such undertake regular supervision with a qualified supervisor. We work together using a combination of online, outside and indoor meetings.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2016) Devon Counselling College
Transactional Analysis - TA101 (2016) Iron Mill College
LGBT+ Awareness (2017) Studio One
Suicide Awareness (2017) FDR Training
Introduction to Ecotherapy: Counselling with Nature in Mind (2019) Iron Mill College
Single Session Therapy (2020) Counselling Tutor
Counselling Autistic Clients & Working with Autism (2020) Counselling Tutor
Attachment Theory (2020) Counselling Tutor
Bereavement Awareness (2020) Counselling Tutor
Online and Telephone Counselling Course (2020) Counselling Tutor
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
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Ecotherapy sessions cost £45 per 50 minute session.
Concessions offered for
If you feel that cost may be a barrier to you, please ask about low cost sessions. I have a limited number of places available to people on low incomes. If there are none available at the time of your enquiry, I am more than happy to add your name to my waiting list.