About

Life can sometimes feel like we are caught in a raging river, trying to stay afloat, with debris and mud all around us. This represent our thoughts, feelings and sensations overwhelming us, as we are carried downstream. Counselling can offer a 'lifeline' to help you climb out of the river, shake yourself off, and observe more objectively from the bank.

I firmly believe that basing counselling in natural environments can assist with the overall process. Whether it is sitting outside in the garden or going for a walk, the ‘openness’ and freedom can add an extra dimension to the activity. Walking shoulder to shoulder whilst talking can seem less ‘claustrophobic’ to some people, compared with being face-to-face indoors. I believe that this is true for many people and may be particularly beneficial for men's and young person's mental health.

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I have worked with young people and adults as an outdoor teacher, all my life. Over the years I noticed that being in nature seemed to have a calming effect on people, helping them to refocus on what was happening in their life. Through this I became interested in mental health, so re-trained as a Counseller, in order to combine my passion for the outdoors with helping people.  

I was trained and work with a ‘Person-Centred’ approach to counselling. The belief here is that you are the expert on yourself, and therefore capable of achieving growth and resolving problems. We will work collaboratively to form a therapeutic relationship, in order to gain clarity on your situation. I provide a safe space for you to voice your needs and concerns. In the ‘Resources’ section, there is more information on the different types of approaches in Counselling. 

I have a Dip. H.E in Counselling, a B.Sc. in Environmental Science and a P.G.C.E. in Outdoor Education and Geography. I belong to the British Association of Counsellers and Psychotherapists and The Person-Centred Association Europe. I abide by these Professional Body's rules and ethical frameworks.

It can be very scary to take the first step to seek counselling, and you have made a brave decision to get this far. If you have any questions, doubts or fears, please look at the FAQ page and then send me a message. Or just call me straight away to arrange an informal chat.

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