Why do I want to work outdoors?
We are evolved from beings that lived exclusively in partnership with their environment and our chemistry hasn't caught up yet. Today we are increasingly exposed to urban environments which, while sometimes beautiful, are not everything we need. We move infrequently during our working day and often our social or family lives revolve around moving from one building to another. Being in nature whilst learning about and processing parts of ourselves provides a container that our bodies already know; trees and other natural ephemera are strong and connected and can withstand a lot.
Nottingham is surrounded by beautiful natural open spaces that will make for ever-changing, metaphor-rich, safe spaces to conduct therapy.
The fundamentals of how I work will remain the same - I am experienced in working with trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalised anxiety and depression, sexual abuse, domestic abuse and feeling lost. I will still allow you to lead the session as you need it, walking and moving if you want, finding a spot to sit if preferred, using nature's props or simply putting words into the air, whatever you feel you would like.
Working outdoors presents practical challenges; whilst there is a lot of power and dynamism in being in a different, shifting environment, there are safety and confidentiality considerations, not to mention we are in England, a stereotypically changeable climate! Most of these discussions will be had in our initial assessment though I think it is important to be clear now that I will only be working outdoors, I do not have an office as a backup - there's a great quote, unfortunately I don't know whom to give credit - "There's no such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothes". We will each be responsible for dressing appropriately and assessing safety each session.