A bit about me
It feels like I've been on this journey to becoming an Outdoor Counsellor all my life. From childhood dog walks with my mum, to attending an outward bound school, to my travels around the world, nature has always provided inspiration, beauty, excitement, adventure, a place to run free, a place to learn and a place to connect.
I have always wanted to "make a difference"; to help people, and have come to understand just how well it works being in nature. I wanted to share these revitalising and restorative qualities of nature, so I set up and ran a backpackers hotel for 10 years, offering guests a space to be in the beauty and wildness of West Cornwall, trusting that nature would work its magic on them during their stay.
While walking the pilgrimage (Camino) of Santiago de Compostella in 2005 I developed the practice of walking and talking with myself whenever I found life challenging. From doing this I realised that I had connected with something useful that I could offer as a therapeutic practice; working more deeply this time to help people on their healing journey. I wanted to broaden my understanding of therapy in nature so I began to study and train in order to be able to do so professionally.
Now, 7 years on, as a qualified and experienced Person-Centred counsellor and having trained in bushcraft, nature awareness, shamanism, ecotherapy and eco-psychology, I offer a grounded, heartful, soulful approach to supporting people on their life's "camino".
Throughout my life, without really understanding what I was doing, I had been using walk and talk as a therapeutic process.....now it has become a conscious process that I fully trust and want to share.
Counselling Qualifications & Training
NCFE level 2 Counselling Skills. Cornwall College, 2008
Certificate in Advanced Counselling Skills. Cornwall College, 2009
Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Therapy. Cornwall College, 2011
Co-counselling Fundamentals, London 1994 & Penzance 1996
Continuing Professional Development
Anger, Rage & Relationship with Sue Parker Hall, 2012
NLP Diploma, Catalyst NLP, 2012
Awareness of Child Abuse & Neglect, Safeguarding Children, Virtual College, 2012
Working with Suicide & Self Harm, Xenzone, 2012
Introduction to Online Counselling, Xenzone, 2012
Facilitators Course, Network Training, 2012
Mediation Skills, Xenzone, 2013
Dyslexia Awareness, CDA, 2013
Outdoor Therapy Training
1 year Practitioner in Shamanism, Northern Drum, 2007-8
3 year Advanced Practitioner Training, Northern Drum, 2009-12
1 year Bushcraft training, Trackways, 2008-9
Nature & Natural Awareness, Pathfinder UK, 2010
Wild Trail Training, Ecotherapy, 2012
Taking Therapy Outside, Ecotherapy, 3 summer camps training, 2013
Emergency First Aid at Work, British Red Cross, 2014
Volunteer Counsellor, working at:
Penwith Community Development Trust (PCDT) Penzance, Cornwall 2010-13
SHARE, Cornwall Council, Penzance, Cornwall 2011-12
Associate Counsellor for Xenzone, KOOTH Cornwall 2012-13, working at:
Impact Young People's Centre, Penzance, Cornwall
Penwith College, Penzance, Cornwall
Humphrey Davy School, Penzance, Cornwall
Self-employed Outdoor Counsellor, based in Sennen, working throughout West Cornwall, 2013 onwards
Supervision: 2 hours per month
"If I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that" Goethe