"I am fully committed to the idea that human existence should be rooted in the earth" (Carl Jung, 1956)
March 2021. Due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic restrictions, I am unable to offer any face-to-face therapy sessions at the present time. I am hopeful that this will change as the year progresses.
If you are struggling with low mood, anxiety, or the psychological effects of living with a long-term physical health condition, I may be able to help.
How does nature help?
I'm sure most people would agree that you don't need to wait until you're feeling stressed or anxious to benefit from being in nature. But when you do feel overwhelmed, it can be harder to motivate yourself to get out and do the very things you know will help. And breaking the vicious cycle of inactivity and decreasing motivation can be difficult to do on your own. This is where I may be able to help, by supporting you to explore your feelings, to identify your own strengths and resources and to take practical steps towards changing things for the better.
According to Mind UK, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem each year and the World Health Organisation tells us that 'Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the overall burden of disease'.
We live in an increasingly technological and consumerist age, where most of us are separated from the land and the seasons; cut off further and further from our wild instinctive selves.
The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted just how damaging this sense of separation and isolation can be for all of us and more than ever before, we are experiencing first hand the impact of our disconnection from the natural world.
It can be very overwhelming to think about this, but I believe that the more we separate ourselves off from our true nature, the more problems we will experience, individually and collectively.
Despite all of this, I do believe that there is hope. Whilst we can't fix the problems of the whole world by ourselves, the more of us who choose to take steps towards getting help with our own issues, who start making changes in our own lives, start being kinder to ourselves (always a tough one!) and reclaiming our personal 'power', the more change will come on a bigger scale. So, if you are doubting whether you have a part to play, whether it's worth it, or wondering how you might make a difference in the world, don't doubt it. Every person who begins to address their own problems and takes steps (however small) towards their own healing is making a difference to the greater whole.
The good news is that the benefits of connecting through and with nature are becoming increasingly well-recognised. If you are interested to read further literature, Mind UK's website includes a section on the benefits of ecotherapy, and of connecting with and in a natural environment. Their 2018 publication ‘Nature and Mental Health’ identifies in detail a range of different nature-based activities that can benefit our mental health and wellbeing.
Presuming you have made it this far, please do read on below to see more information about My Approach!
My approach focuses on providing a safe space for you to stop, take some time to reflect and to consider what matters to you in your daily life. This may be done in a number of different ways, such as discussion, creative arts, through time spent mindfully in nature, walking on the beach, in the woods, or spending time with the horses. I will always be guided by your preferences and choice and although I may make suggestions, I will never impose any activity or intervention on you. Sometimes simply sitting with a cup of tea and watching the birds soaring overhead can be very healing. It never ceases to amaze me when deep insights emerge from engaging consciously and mindfully in an activity that from the outside appears to be 'doing nothing'. In these ways and more, we will explore the issues you may be struggling with in your daily life and come up with practical solutions to enable you to find your own way to self-healing.
So, if you are struggling with either diagnosed or undiagnosed depression, low mood, anxiety, stress, burnout, or are just feeling overwhelmed or unsure of how to shift out of a stuck place, please don't hesitate to contact me.
*Please note: I do not offer crisis support. If you are in a mental health crisis, or are concerned about someone who is, please contact your GP, or access urgent help through local NHS Accident and Emergency department.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all sessions will be offered online only.