Personal Therapy in Hythe, Kent

The therapy that I offer is rooted in philosophy and inspired by nature. I support you in reflecting on your life as a whole, and work with you to identify the parts of your life that feel disruptive, painful or stuck. When you’re ready, we then focus on moving forwards towards something personally meaningful, connected and authentic.


My therapy, in a nutshell…

– I believe that there are often possibilities that we haven’t considered.

– I believe that 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.

– I don’t consider there to be a ‘perfect way of living’ and I believe that we must each find the path that works best for us; trial and error is a given.

– Through my work, I notice that we all have the capacity to live a rich and meaningful life and this is made more likely when we engage with, and accept responsibility for our part in it.

– I also believe that because we live in a complex and interconnected world, owning that connection is a fundamental part of being human; embracing the natural world and recognising that we are part of it, can lead to an greater sense of wholeness.

The (slightly) longer version… 

An eco-existential model of Therapy

I am a therapist who helps people reflect on their life as a whole and identify the areas causing them difficulties. My goal is to help you work towards something personally meaningful. I’m trained in different approaches, but I primarily focus on helping you explore your own experiences and avoid making assumptions about what your life ‘should’ or ‘should not’ be like.

I believe that every person is unique and needs different things at different times. So, I collaborate with my clients to find the most helpful things to focus on during therapy. I’m flexible in how we work together and will happily co-create a plan to fit your specific needs.

I have a particular interest in eco-therapeutic principles and ways of working, which for me, means drawing on the natural world for inspiration in my therapeutic practice. The existential part of me recognises that we’re all doing our best to navigate a complicated existence, and in order to live an authentic life, we need to accept the things that we have no control over and embrace those moments when we can make choices.

I’m not prescriptive and I ground myself in philosophy, so if you’re looking for a therapist who will give you techniques, and exercises, I might not be the best fit for you. Instead, I aim to support you in engaging with your life as honestly as possible and working toward something personally meaningful.

Because of my reflective and broadly focused style, I usually work with clients over the long-term (20 sessions or more), however, we can decide together what the best way forward is and there is no need to commit to any particular length of time.

Pebbles
Muddy Feet
Footprints in the sand

Ways that we can work

Outdoor Therapy

Current working hours: 9am – 4pm, Mondays – Thursdays
(Available hours are seasonal to accommodate daylight)

Outdoor therapy is a holistic way of working that is based outdoors and in natural, open spaces. As well as helping you to address the stuckness, difficulty, and pain in your life, it promotes a sense of wholeness by reconnecting  with the authentic and ‘wild’ parts of self that have been squashed down over the years. Outdoor therapy is more than an extension of the traditional therapy space and holds to the idea that the world (other people, birds, rocks, weather, the sea) cannot be separated from the human experience and therefore, these ‘co-therapists’ are welcomed as part of the process.

In practical terms, this way of working is often described as less intense and is particularly suited to people who struggle in a formal, face to face setting (or perhaps you simply love being outdoors).

If you are unsure whether this is right for you, you are welcome to book an initial session to try it out. If you decide you would prefer indoor sessions, that’s no problem at all.

Indoor Therapy / Counselling

Current working hours: 9 – 7pm, Mondays – Thursdays

Sometimes the weather is just a little too challenging for outdoor work or you might simply prefer a more private setting.

When working indoors we will be based in a confidential, bespoke therapy space in Hythe, Kent. We have access to a whiteboard and creative materials if that suits your way of working.

This way of working is a little more direct and we will share the therapy space to discuss, make sense of and process your feelings, thoughts and experiences. I use the same model regardless of where I work and you can expect a flexible, nurturing experience, that supports you in working through anything that you choose to bring to the session.

Regrettably, my indoor space is not ideal for some people: for example, access is not  wheelchair accessible there are no toilets available on-site. I will make accomodations where possible, so if you believe that we can make it work or you would like to access the site yourself, feel free to reach out.

Fees

Initial Session – £45

Standard Session – £60

I do offer concessions in some cases, so please let me know if you are a from a low-wage household or you are a trainee therapist. 

Important Things To Know Before You Book

It is important for anyone looking to engage in a counselling service to understand the following service limitations:

  • The therapy that I offer is not a crisis service: if you feel you need frequent (more than once weekly) or out of hours support, you should contact your local GP for an appointment to discuss your needs. If you are feeling unsafe and are worried about harming yourself or another, you can visit your local GP/hospital or in an emergency, you can call 999.
  • Confidentiality in therapy is subject to the law: to find out about the limits to confidentiality in counselling, you should speak with your counsellor. Alternatively, you can find more information here: https://nationalcounsellingsociety.org/about-us/code-of-ethics
  • Counselling / Therapy is designed to support you whilst you work through and come to terms with difficult things in your life, it cannot: provide you with solutions; ‘fix’ you; offer any kind of guaranteed change.
  • Counsellor, Therapist, and Psychotherapist are not protected titles, so please always check that a practitioner is qualified, insured and registered with a relevant professional body (eg. NCS, BACP, ACC).