I completed my Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling in 2018. Before that I studied Social Anthrology at Goldsmith’s University and Religious Studies at Lancaster University. I worked in Substance Misuses services for over 10 years and alongside my work as counsellor I am currently working in the voluntary sector supporting clients with mental health problems one-to-one and in groups and courses. I run courses in mindfulness, anxiety management and creative writing.
Due to the current pandemic I am offering counselling remotely via telephone or Zoom. I am also happy to meet and work with people outdoors. See below for more details.
Working outdoors offers a significantly different experience to more conventional ‘talking therapies’. Working outdoors – walking together in woods and moorland settings – allows the inately calming and stimulating effect of movement and open space to alleviate feelings of anixety and depression and add to the therpeutic benefit of counselling.
It also offers a way to link our inner-world of fears, hopes, desires and anxieties to the outer world in a real and immediate ongoing way. Outdoor therapy literally allows us to reflect on our way of moving through the world, to notice whether this feels closed or open, heavy or light, fearful or joyful, to wonder how we might like this to change and to experiment with that.
“Life at it’s best is a flowing changing process in which nothing is fixed”