I am a qualified accredited therapist using an integrative person centered approach to therapy, with twelve years experience providing nature based therapeutic intervention to individuals and groups. I have five years experience of clinical practice within a medium secure forensic psychiatric hospital, providing patients diagnosed with a range of complex mental health issues, learning disability, autism and those presenting with personality disorder, nature based therapy. I currently work 3 days a week as a Psychological Therapist for the NHS, lecture on counselling practice, and provide clinical supervision.
My practice and therapy room is based at Wath Upon Dearne. I also use space at Rabbit Ings Country Park where I use the natural environment as a therapeutic space to offer a unique psychotherapeutic nature based practice. The natural environment affords a raw and comforting space to connect with and in which to explore your concerns. I base the service that I offer on trust, respect and honesty which I believe are crucial when helping you to explore your feelings, thoughts and emotions. I use a range of therapeutic skills that are appropriate for each individual client or group to help them to gain clarity and insight into a wide range of issues, including anxiety, stress, depression, addiction, trauma, bereavement and improving self esteem and low self worth.
Specializing in Nature Based Therapy for the Treatment of Anxiety , Stress, Depression, Bereavement and Trauma on an Individual or Group Basis.
Anxiety is a normal emotion that we all experience, such as in the run up to exams or a job interview. But when anxiety becomes much more severe this feeling can take over and begin to interfere with everyday life.
Conditions under the anxiety disorder umbrella include: social anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Depression is one of the most common mental health challenges faced by people in the UK, and affects how you think and feel. Milder forms of depression can make everyday tasks – such as sleeping or working – harder to do and the most severe cases can make a person feel worthless and suicidal.
However, with the right support many people can learn to live alongside depression or overcome it altogether. Even the most severe cases can be treated, often using talking therapies or medication.
Stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.
Trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. Defined as " the events which can be considered traumatic are wide ranging indeed - from what might be considered the stuff of ordinary life such as divorce, illness, accidents and bereavement to extreme experiences of war, torture, rape and genocide".
Insofar as we adopt this wide ranging definition trauma is the stuff of everyday life.
Group therapy is a form of therapy that involves one or more therapists working with several people at the same time. Group therapy can be very effective, especially in certain situations. Studies have shown that group therapy can be an effective treatment choice for depression and traumatic stress.