tdoor Counselling Service - Toby Ellison
I'm an experienced person-centred counsellor working in West Cornwall for over 10 years. I specialise in working outdoors offering walk and talk therapy.
Whilst I specialise in outdoor counselling I have plenty of experience of online and phone counselling. This has been working surprisingly well and I'm happy to offer it at this time.
How to get started
Contact me by text, telephone or email (see below) and I'll call you back to arrange a free introductory session. We can talk about setting up sessions for the future, what you would like to look into, and how often you would like to see me.
Call or text on 07977 412489 or email here
Sessions might be weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
I believe that the natural world has the ability to help us connect more deeply with our true selves. So I am offering an alternative to room based counselling, taking clients out into nature where it can weave its magic, offering to mirror our feelings, taking us step by step into the realm of heart and soul.
I use person-centred principles, believing that each person can work through their distress to find their own unique potential and wellbeing. The oudoors offers a safe and inspiring space in which to do this. Nature becomes an important third partner in the therapeutic relationship that we share.
Walk and Talk Therapy: This is a form of therapy that combines traditional counselling with the physical exercise of walking. Walking while doing therapy may help us to feel like we are moving forward. Walking and being outdoors may help us to open our minds; think more clearly, moving through what may be getting in the way to a place where we can see more possibilities. I will be your companion on this journey.
Nature is a great resource which has always been available to us, offering us a connection to greater perspective, calm and healing. Trees, plants, wild animals, birds, the elements and the cycles of the seasons.... all these can be our teachers; mirroring our feelings and offering us the opportunity to increase our self-awareness.
This kind of therapy offers a great opportunity to look into and explore the things that get in the way of us achieving our full potential, including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship and family difficulties and major life transitions.
Training, qualifications & experience
Counselling Qualifications & Training
Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Therapy. Cornwall College, 2011
Certificate in Advanced Counselling Skills. Cornwall College, 2009
NCFE level 2 Counselling Skills. Cornwall College, 2008
Co-counselling Fundamentals, London1994 & Penzance 1996
Continuing Professional Development
Anger, Rage & Relationship with Sue Parker Hall, 2012
NLP Diploma, Catalyst NLP, 2012
Awareness of Child Abuse & Neglect, Safeguarding Children, Virtual College, 2012
Working with Suicide & Self Harm, Xenzone 2012
Introduction to Online Counselling, Xenzone 2012
Facilitators Course, Network Training, 2012
Mediation Skills, Xenzone, 2013
Dyslexia Awareness, Cornwall Dyslexia Assoc., 2013
A Band Of Brothers, Cornwall, 2015 to present
Outdoor Therapy Training
1 year Practitioner in Shamanism, Northern Drum, 2007-8
3 year Advanced Practitioner Training, Northern Drum, 2009-12
Vision Quest Guardian Training, Northern Drum, 2015-16
1 year Bushcraft training, Trackway, 2008-9
Nature & Natural Awareness, Pathfinder UK, 2010
Wild Trail Training, Wilderness Foundation, 2012
Taking Therapy Outside, Ecotherapy, 3 summer camps training 2013
Emergency First Aid at Work, British Red Cross 2017
Volunteer Counsellor, working at:
Penwith Community Development Trust (PCDT) Penzance, Cornwall 2010-13
SHARE, Cornwall Council, Penzance, Cornwall 2011-12
Associate Counsellor for Xenzone, KOOTH Cornwall 2012-13, working at:
Impact Young People's Centre, Penzance, Cornwall
Penwith College, Penzance, Cornwall
Humphrey Davy School, Penzance, Cornwall
Self-employed Outdoor Counsellor, based close by to Porthgwarra, working throughout West Cornwall, 2013 onwards.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer short and long term counselling.
The initial session is free.
The cost of subsequent sessions is £40 for 1 hour, £55 for 1.5 hours.
Some concessions may be available to those on a low income.
I will do my best to respond to your message within 24 hours, except at weekends.
I am a registered member of BACP and CAPO (Counselling and Psychotherapy Outdoors) whose ethical principles inform my practise.
I receive regular supervision of 2 hours each month.
I am fully insured.