Seeing clients outside in a natural setting adds so much to the work: a different kind of energy, the opportunity for creative exercises, an embodied experience, a shift in the power balance between client and therapist. However, other aspects are introduced which must be considered: potential problems with confidentiality, containment and boundaries - and the weather, not to mention encounters with dogs and wildlife! This workshop will explore the potential benefits and possible pitfalls of being an ecotherapist. We will take a look at the underpinning rationale, discuss the practicalities and requirements of working outside, there will be the chance to work in pairs to experience the practice for yourself and an activity to help you consider your own connection to the natural world.
Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear; if the weather looks to be very wet or windy, the workshop may be deferred to another date. We will be moving around the area which may have rough ground. Tarpaulins to sit on will be provided but if you need a chair or cushion, please bring your own, as well as a drink; snacks will be provided. You will need some way of noting the time (eg. alarm on a mobile phone) and might like to bring a pen and paper although a handout will be provided after the workshop.
Sheila Pope qualified in 2003; she took four years' training in Transactional Analysis and started her ecotherapy journey with Hayley Marshall and the late Martin Jordan in 2014. She is a counsellor in private practice based in Burgess Hill, volunteered for 4 1/2 years in a hostel for the homeless and worked for 2 1/2yrs in a centre offering support for people with learning disabilities.
Sheila is a singer/guitarist/songwriter, was a drummer in a rock band for 11 years, enjoys rifle shooting and rides a motorcycle.
Qualifications: Dip in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (2003), 4yrs Clinical TA training