Taking therapy outside: ‘Real joy consists of knowing that human wisdom counts less than the shimmer of beeches in a breeze. As certain as weather coming from the west, the things people know for sure will change. There is no knowing for a fact. The only dependable things are humility and looking' (Richard Powers, The Overstory)
This extract from the Overstory resonates with me as I have spent the last few years extending my relationships, both personally and professionally, beyond the human world. This has led to me falling in love with the incredible world of birds, animals, trees, rocks, clouds and so on. And as my time outside has felt more and more essential, healing and revitalising, I have also felt called to explore taking therapy outside. Pioneers like Nick Totton, Hayley Marshall and Martin Jordan have been working outside for many years now, and have written on this sort of work. It seems to me that, for some clients, working in a triad with therapist, self and nature, is truly one of the most holistic and powerful therapies available.
My own background:
I was a solicitor in the City until my mid thirties, when I changed course to train and qualify as an existential psychotherapist. I have now been a therapist for over 10 years and have found in myself a sense of connection, celebration and reverence for all life, and hence my recent move towards taking therapy outside. I recently completed a course run by The Centre for Natural Reflection called 'Taking Therapy Outside'.
How I work:
I work in a very conversational and collaborative way, using either a time-limited or open-ended model, depending on what works best for you. I offer a brief introductory session free of charge. There are no obligations at this stage. This gives us time to find out if we work well together and to discuss what you need and how you would like to work.