I work in outdoor therapy and counselling. You may be thinking about having counselling or therapy and wondering what outdoor therapy is all about.
It's a different way of having counselling or therapy
- By going beyond the consulting room into a natural environment for a therapy session.
- By talking whilst walking or being outdoors
- By using nature and the landscape in the sessions to help find solutions.
- By allowing nature to be an active partner in this process.
I first experienced the power of outdoor therapy when I noticed that my daily walks and working on an allotment were helping me cope with a particularly difficult time in my life.
I came back from these outdoor activities feeling a bit better - the difficulties were still there - but I had more emotional and physical energy to deal with the challenges. So I trained in outdoor therapeutic work in 2007. In 2011 I co-founded an organisation offering outdoor activities for people with a variety of health needs in West Yorkshire. www.growingworks.org.uk.
In 2014 I left to focus on outdoor therapeutic counselling.
I believe that when we go outside, especially in a beautiful landscape, something happens to us inside.
If we pause, reflect and connect with nature we find a different kind of energy to deal with stuff that is going on for us. I use this process to help you find clarity, awareness and the capacity to deal with the ups and downs of your life.
Nature can help you find a way of being in the world when it can feel overwhelming, lonely or confusing. It can help restore a sense of peace, create a feeling of wholeness and help you to face life with energy and hope.