BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation, PGCert, PGDip (Dist), Clinical Counselling,MBACP, MCIEEM.
There are many approaches to counselling and more recently there is a growing awareness and interest in the nature-based therapeutic approach of ‘eco-therapy’. This is described by MIND (2018) as ‘a formal type of therapeutic treatment which involves doing outdoor activities in nature, led by trained professionals and therapists who are there to support you ’.
Eco-therapy is being recognised and acknowledged as an approach that creates greater health and wellbeing and connecting with nature in this way can have lots of positive health benefits. For example, eco-therapy can help you manage an existing mental health problem, and could help prevent future periods of ill health, such as an episode of depression. Eco-therapy can be used on its own, or alongside other treatments such as talking treatments or medication.
So, what is Eco-therapy?
The word Eco-therapy may sound like something cloaked in myth and legend, shrouded by custom and ceremony, but actually in reality, it is founded on common sense and experiences that individuals can relate to.
Eco-therapy means ‘restoring and developing wellbeing through connection with nature’. From the feelings of wonderment associated with the sun on your face or experiencing an extraordinary sunrise or sunset, to the contentment we observe in children after a hard day playing in the forest or exploring the rockpools on the beach, to the sense that pondering about a problem while taking a walk can be helpful: these are some examples of the beneficial influence of nature.
In its strictest sense, a formal eco-therapy programme is where a trained therapist helps and supports you to develop a balanced relationship with nature that benefits your wellbeing.
- Sessions can be adapted to suit different levels of mobility and fitness.
- Sessions include person-centred counselling as a walking/talking approach.
Estelle has many years of working within the field of ecology and conservation, within schools and for individuals with special needs. She now provides this approach to those who are feeling disconnected with nature and with life in general. Estelle has a BSc (Hons) in Wildlife Conservation and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecologists and Environmental Management (MCIEEM) and continues to work within ecology and conservation alongside her counselling practice.
Estelle is a great believer in nature being the “therapeutic first” and continuously explores ways to embrace nature in her therapeutic work, both indoors and outdoors.
If you feel this approach to therapy would help and support you with any emotional problems you are experiencing, then please contact the clinic for more information.
Estelle is a qualified clinical counsellor primarily practicing from a Person-Centred Approach to therapy, grounded on the values of empathic understanding, acceptance and congruence. She is also currently undertaking an MA studying the effects of Dementia on Adult Carers.
Estelle has worked within the public and private sector for many years, more recently practicing within the voluntary sector providing counselling for adult carers.
She believes in working at the client’s pace and providing a trusting and safe environment to explore ways of understanding feelings and emotions that are causing concern.
Estelle has a special interest and skills set for working with adults caring for individuals diagnosed with dementia or in the early stages of dementia.
Estelle is also a qualified conservationist/ecologist and has many years working within this field. She has a deep belief in reconnecting with nature and how this benefits mental health and general wellbeing.
Together with traditional counselling, Estelle offers Eco-therapy sessions which, if requested, would be explored further during the initial counselling sessions.
Estelle works with clients who are experiencing feelings of loss and bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, low-mood, post-traumatic stress, bullying, abuse, health issues,work related problems, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
Estelle can help you explore and process your difficult thoughts and feelings, supporting you to work them through, finding a way of acceptance and to discover and develop a way to move forward towards a better and more fulfilled and meaningful life.
Estelle is a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and works within their ethical framework. She holds a current enhanced DBS disclosure.
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