Forest Therapy

As well as human

Jonathan Kelly Counsellor

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Counselling is great. It’s not the answer to everything, but it can help. Counselling sessions provide a clear, well-held place to explore painful and difficult issues, unravel complexities, and develop a path into the future.
Often counselling can be a great way to engage with a life crisis, facilitating the discovery of meaning and the next steps. Or, alternatively, when life seems to have ground to a halt, counselling can help you find a sustainable source of warmth and purpose which can get it moving forward.

My approach to counselling is integrative, which means that my way of working includes three disciplines, which are woven into a whole. These three are the person-centred; the psychodynamic, and the cognitive behavioural therapeutic approach. I also have a strong interest in positive psychology and resource therapy which influences my work. The links page can take you to sites which give further information about these therapeutic modes.

In practice it means that when using the person-centred approach we will aim to work in a way which rests on three core principles -
empathy, congruence, and a positive attitude. It also highlights that you, the client, ultimately know what works for you, and through reflection and support we can unfold the issues you bring.
With the psychodynamic approach we will work with unconscious motives, possibly originating in past developmental experiences.
The cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach is highly practical, particularly emphasising the role our thoughts play and their impact on our emotions and behaviour. It provides a conscious approach to the inner world, with techniques and practices to help make changes.
Positive psychology aims to make life more fulfilling as a complement to the focus on problematic issues, and looks for ways to maximise the potential of your existing personal resources.

In recent years I have begun to work with the natural world as a therapeutic element, and intend to look for ways to integrate further into my practice. This might simply mean considering our relationship to the natural world, but could also extend to meeting in an outdoor environment such as woodland, and orientating oneself to Nature and its elements; the seasons, darkness and daylight, fire and water, for instance. There is growing research which links our sense of wellbeing and mental health to our connection or otherwise with the world of Nature.

Self-development in an "other than human" world