Psychotherapy - a Wholearth Approach
Many moons ago whilst completing my Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy M.A. on Dartmoor, I experienced myself in relationship with the whole biosphere of Moor; granite rocks, ice-cold streams, sky, soil, trees and animals. Initially I was shocked to realise that everything I was in relationship with was alive with its own voice and soulful intelligence, aware of my presence and communicating. This moment of being shown the living breathing, animate Earth and my interwoven existence with all life has creatively shaped the pathway of my work and orientation to life over the last 15 years.
My Wholearth approach is grounded in awareness and pays attention to the whole person and the broader matrix of our lives. It recognises that we all suffer and feel challenged by our life journey at times, and that it is healthy to seek wise guidance along the way. In these times of great change, challenge and opportunity a Wholearth approach to psychotherapy and healing includes our thoughts, emotions, insights, soul, bodily sensations, movement, creativity and the wider web of life within which our lives unfold. This way of being provides a common ground for exploring what matters and space for the known and the unknown to be present. We are not a problem to be solved, we are the love we are seeking.
Much of the suffering human beings experience comes from a sense of feeling separate, or a loss of orientation to what really matters. By turning towards our direct bodily experience with curiosity and kindness, new insights and fresh perspectives can emerge to guide our way.
'You were born into beauty as beauty for Joyful life'
Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining)
For individual therapy the initial session happens inside the therapy room where we discuss what brings you to psychotherapy at this time and what you are looking for. Subsequent sessions can happen outside in our broader nature throughout the year or inside the therapy room. Sessions can include walking, sitting, talking, exploring myth, story, dreams and movement. I work in different locations around Oxfordshire near meadow, mound, trees and water with individuals and groups.
I also offer workshops, trainings and mentoring to therapists and practitioners looking to start or build their practice, and for those who want to explore an Embodied Approach to working outside in our broader nature. See the Retreats and Workshops page.
🌿 Reflections on Ecotherapy from the Woods, Tariki Ecotherapy Conference May 2021, youtube
🌿 A Wholearth Approach - article written for Thresholds magazine - March 2018, the journal for the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Photo credit (top) Alex Limberg