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, connected, can withstand a lot and have an innate wisdom we can learn from.
Derbyshire is beautiful with many natural open spaces that will make for ever-changing, metaphor-rich, safe spaces to conduct therapy.
There is research and anecdotal evidence about the benefits of doing therapy whilst moving outside as well as my own lived experience, and maybe yours, of feeling better when out in nature.
The fundamentals of how I work will remain the same - I am experienced in working with trauma - single event, attachment- and complex-, 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 work predominantly outdoors - Zoom is available on an alternative day should the weather prove too inhospitable. We will each be responsible for dressing appropriately and assessing safety each session.