My approach is holistic, relational and sensible. And I work either in the room or out on the land, in parks and woods.
I initially trained in integrative counselling, drawing on the psychodynamic, person-centered and transpersonal theoretical teachings. Along side this, I’ve developed an interest for ecopsychology and imagination, and I’m keen to add more body-informed practices as well.
What can you expect?
I will first create a safe space for you to tell me your story, the obstacles and struggles you encounter. We will go at your own pace and welcome whatever is emerging for you, following your own process. Because human beings are not isolated beings, I will pay equal attention to your present and past relationships, as well as your place and relationship to the wider world (society, culture, nature…). At times, I might suggest to work with images, metaphors, visualizations, drawings or nature-based practices to welcome all forms of self-expression. I’ll provide you with a space where you can talk freely, while being supported in an empathic and exploratory manner, leaving room for the spontaneous and the unknown as well. My hope is to help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your environment and identify new resources, thus retrieving a greater freedom in your choices and a stronger connection to yourself and others.
Indoor / outdoor
Some clients might want to work mostly outdoors. With others, I might just suggest a few sessions in nature. But whether indoor or outdoor, we always are connected to nature and I keep this in mind when working with all my clients.
During outdoor sessions, nature plays a more active role. Evolving in the elements enables you to have a more embodied experience of your surroundings, by connecting you to all your senses. The landscape or certain natural elements will facilitate the exploration of your feelings and memories, through holding metaphors and insights about your life, or moments of synchronicity. Nature might also stimulate the expression of your imagination and creativity and give you a stronger sense of place. Being with nature and experiencing its support is also a wonderful way to retrieve a forgotten relationship, one of mutual respect and care.
We might walk slowly, sit by a tree or do some nature-based activity, but the traditional structure of a counselling session will apply. Yet some elements, like the confidentiality or the weather, will need to be discussed and considered before any outdoor work.