Professional Therapy in Hythe, Kent
The style of therapy that I offer uses philosophy to reflect on life as you are currently experiencing it, to identify the parts that feel disruptive, painful or stuck, and help you work towards something personally meaningful.
In a nutshell, I believe that…
– There are often possibilities that we haven’t considered.
– Our past influences us, but cannot dictate who we are today, and who we are today, does not need to be who we are forever.
– Their is no perfect way of living, and we must each find a way that works best for us; trial and error is a given.
– We all have the capacity to live a rich and meaningful life, and that this is made more likely when we engage with it fully and accept responsibility for our part in it.
The Long(er) version…
I refer to my counselling model as ‘Existentially Informed Outdoor Therapy’, which is an integration of existential and eco-therapeutic ideas, principles, and philosophies.
My model is phenomenological (focusing on your personal experiences, from your own perspective) and I actively avoid making assumptions about what life should or should not be like, after all, there is no one-size-fits-all.
I don’t believe any one thing to be inherently more or less important that the other, and I work alongside you in developing a focus for the work, which might shift and change as the work continues, much ‘ebb’ and a ‘flow’ we experience in the rest of life. This means that I don’t focus solely on the past, present or future, but instead see them as connected and equally important.
In terms of my eco-therapeutic influence, I enjoy working in a an outdoor space and I find it to be [typically] beneficial for people who prefer a less formal setting. More than this though, I believe that nature-human relatedness is a ‘given’ (something that is an unavoidable part of existing) and including nature in the therapeutic process adds to the sense of wholeness for many of my clients.
Occasionally, one of us will notice something in the environment and it may form part of our work, I do not see this as a distraction, but an opportunity to develop a connection with the life that we share our space with. When working indoors, I tend to draw on nature-based metaphor as a way of exploring your experience of being.
I understand that different people need different things at different times, and so I happily co-construct the work to fit you. This means that we might agree on weekly sessions or meet fortnightly, we might plan for long-term work or short-term; these are things that we can discuss in our initial meeting and I am happy to make suggestions, however, ultimately the choice is yours.
I always encourage people to check that a therapist has formal training and is registered with a professional body. If you would like to know more about my training and credentials, feel free to take a look here:
Currently accepting new clients
This way of working is often described as less intense and is particularly suited to people who struggle to settle in a formal, face to face setting, or sometimes, simply love being outdoors.
Outdoor therapy is an extension of the traditional therapy space and takes the stance that the world (other people, birds, rocks, the sea) cannot be separated from the human experience and therefore, they are welcomed as part of the process.
I integrate all of these ideas within an existential approach to understanding the human experience (see below for more detail).
Indoor Therapy / Counselling
Currently accepting new clients
Sometimes, depending on the time of year, the weather is just a little too challenging for outdoor work; Sometimes people prefer a more private, cosy setting and are looking for indoor therapy.
When working indoors we will be based in a confidential, bespoke therapy space in Hythe, Kent.
We have access to a whiteboard, creative materials, and most importantly, tea, coffee, squash or water!
Regrettably, my indoor space is not wheelchair friendly, and please note that there are no toilets available on-site.
Initial Session – £45
Standard Session – £60
Whilst I do offer concessions in some cases, my full fees are commensurate with the level and diversity of my experience.
Frontline Workers, Trainee Therapists & Low/No Wage Earners
£45 – £60 Sliding Scale
I’m happy to offer a concessionary rate for the above reasons, please let me know when booking a session.
Who I Work With
Young People – (16 – 17yrs)*
*Written parental consent required
Important Things To Know
It is important for anyone looking to engage in a counselling service to understand the following service limitations: