Me, on one of my favourite local walks.
A breath of fresh air
I think this year we have all appreciated our outdoor space more than ever. There is nothing quite like being told we can’t go outside to make us….want to go outside. Plus being told we could only exercise locally during lockdown meant that many people discovered the benefits of walking in the fresh air as well as finding new paths, hidden gardens and unexpected beauty spots.
Forest bathing and trauma-focussed nature therapy
I was fortunate enough to spend some of lockdown enhancing my knowledge and skills in outdoor therapy. I completed a certificate in Forest Bathing (the Japanese practice of using nature and woodland to calm the mind and feel a greater sense of connection). I also took part in a training weekend looking at how nature can regulate our stress response and a course on working creatively outdoors.
working creatively in the outdoors
There is so much more to Outdoor Therapy than just telling your story in the open air. We can use nature more creatively to make sense of what’s going on for you. And when I say creatively that doesn’t mean I’ll make you paint a picture (although you can if you want to). It’s just about connecting more with nature and when that happens, it’s surprising how you might come to view your life and problems differently.
So just come and tell your story outside or allow nature to give you a helping hand. Either way you get to choose how you do your therapy.
All clients wishing to embark on Outdoor Therapy must have an initial introductory session as per all other counselling. At present this will be by Zoom or telephone. This is to assess suitability, complete paperwork and decide on what you want out of your Outdoor Therapy. Cost for this is the standard £30.
What people say about Outdoor Therapy
“I was really looking forward to walking therapy and I really enjoyed it. It was a lovely day and we walked up Werneth Low. I felt very relaxed walking and chatting to Gill in the sunshine with lovely views. It was a very mindful session I left feeling calm and encouraged. Highly recommended.” (JC, Tameside)