Get your diaries ready if you are a counsellor or psychotherapist and want to come and explore what “walk and talk” or moving outside the therapy room might mean to your counselling practice. My next workshop on “Developing Your Outdoor Practice” will be on Saturday 11th June, between 9am and 4:30pm at The Kingswood Trust, Near Albrighton, Wolverhampton WV7 3AP. The day is fully catered with options for various dietary requirements, and costs £120.
Feedback from previous sessions was that the day exceeded expectations across the board, and comments included:
Demystifying things like how to keep confidentiality outside made the whole process of taking a practice outdoors feel newly accessible. You know your stuff and it shows – I found your energy and enthusiasm for outdoor working really motivational. Actually being outside for much of the day was of course valuable – especially in such a fantastic venue! – as was getting together to speak in the group around the fire. It was such an interactive experience. I really enjoyed the whole day, which was full of thoughtful touches, from the quality of the information sheets we were given to the range of snacks and drinks
For more details check out the page on outdoor therapy training here or to book just get in touch.
Whether you’ve had counselling or not, it can be a bit daunting meeting for our first session, so here’s a bit about what to expect.
To start with we’ll have an online session, usually on Zoom. This will be to meet and introduce ourselves and to look at the counselling agreement. Whilst no-one comes to therapy to talk about admin, there are a few important things that we’ll need to discuss! This includes talking about confidentiality and so you can be clear on what the limits of what I can keep confidential are. But don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of time in that first session for you to outline what’s brought you to counselling and for us to look at how we might work together.
If you’re happy to go ahead with future sessions we’ll get that booked in, and we’ll look at some things that are different counselling outdoors, and what that might mean. That includes confidentiality working outside which I’ll be covering in another blog post
Then in future sessions we’ll meet in or around Shrewsbury and Telford at one of the parks, woods, nature reserves and other outdoor spaces that I work from. During the sessions we’ll work at your pace alongside nature. For some clients they might want to find a spot to sit and talk, others prefer to walk and talk. We can stop and look at things that catch our eyes if you like, it’s amazing how often you will spot something in nature that makes a connection with something you’d like to explore in therapy with me.
Hopefully that gives you an idea of what to expect but if you’ve any questions do get in touch with me either through the contact page here on my website, or through my social media – www.facebook.com/yournatureuk