The diversity of life experiences and what it means to be a human being has always engaged my interest. How we view the world according to the language we speak, the relationships we have and the land we live on has been the thread of my explorations and learnings. And this has lead me to become an integrative counsellor and a nature and forest therapy guide.
The current tendency to treat people like machines and to pathologize their experience is something that I try to counterbalance in my various works. And because everything is interconnected, our connection/disconnection to the natural world features always in what I do. For me, being connected to nature is an attitude of mind rather than an activity. It's about being aware of our natural cycles and interdependence, and experiencing a greater sense of belonging. It is a down-to-earth approach, literally.
I worked with people from all walks of life at Waterloo Community Counselling, students from London South Bank University, asylum seekers and French-speaking immigrants at the Multi-Ethnic Counselling Service.
Currently, I work in private practice and as an associate counsellor for the Wilderness Foundation.
I've helped my clients deal with issues such as anxiety, depression, creativity, life transitions, bereavement and low self-esteem, among other things.
I enjoy working with a diverse range of people and I have a particular interest in grief and loss, creativity, life transitions and issues surrounding mixed heritage and culture .
As a nature and forest therapy guide, I lead public and private forest therapy experiences. I particularly enjoy the group and reciprocity elements of this practice, which stand apart in an increasingly individualistic society.
Qualifications and skills :
I'm a member of the BACP and of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and I abide by their code of ethics.
I'm committed to continued professional development and I am in regular supervision, as required by the BACP.
I'm certified in Outdoor First Aid and carries a first aid kit on all my outdoor work. And I've got an enhanced DBS check.