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. I look forward to incorporating these news skills and practices into my outdoor work.
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)