Psychotherapists & Counsellors Working Outdoors
Auriel Sarah Eagleton
Masters trained, qualified HCPC registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, working with both adults and children.
Auriel provides art therapy, psychotherapy and counselling services to individuals, couples, groups and parents or carers with their children.
Auriel has also undergone training with Ian Siddons and is an Environmental Arts Therapist, working outdoors and bringing natural materials into the art therapy studio.
In the therapists own words:
I have come to truly love working outdoors. I beleive that connecting with nature is integral to wellbeing.
Therapy in a natural environment can take many forms. It can be talking while walking for those who need to move and breathe fresh air. It can entail exploring, making discoveries, nurturing an appreciation for details in the environment and finding quiet secluded places to sit peacefully and share both pains and wonders. Ian Siddon's Environmental Arts Therapy allows for all of this but also incorporates a seasonal and cyclical appreciation of human experience; binding our lives and experiences to the mythology and symbolism of plants, trees and land. The arts are offered as a means of moving with the body, exercising the voice, playing, creating and exploring with the natural materials at hand.
I adapt my approach to the client, the outdoor experience evolving according to need and interest. I allow for moving in and out of doors, sometimes bringing natural materials into the art therapy space.
Contemporary culture floods our minds with ideas and images. Our bodies keep pace to an often unfulfilling and deadening work rhythm that denies our phisicality. Our bodies and minds are lifelong companions and yet we neglect and mistreat our bodies in a way that we would never dream to treat another person. Working outdoors can be a means of brining the body back into awareness and acknowledging the simple benefits of breath, movement, mindful meditation on the natural world, curiosity and appreciation.
I beleive that a sense of internal spaciousness combined with curiosity in the world, are pillars of health and wellbeing. Working in a natural environment supports the discovery/rediscovery and strengthening of these essential human capacities.
HCPC Registration : AS00308
BAAT Registration : 20279
Art Therapist & Clinical Supervisor
In Gary's Words:
I qualified to practice Art Therapy in 1989 graduating from Goldsmiths’ college London. I gained my MA in Art Therapy at St Albans in 1995. I have subsequently completed the Environmental Arts Therapy training in 2014.
An integrative arts approach My theoretical approach, methodology and practice is defined by the role of affective and symbolic imagery. The symbolic artworks made in therapy are central to the development of client communication both conscious and unconscious, as the visual and verbal narratives emerge over time giving rise and access to transferencial material.
I use amplification and dialoguing with my clients and their artwork in order to examine and facilitate the visual narratives which emerge through images made in art therapy. I encourage personal reflective process recording between sessions and dream analysis in my practice. My arts-psychotherapy approach pays attention to body-work and I also use Jungian sandplay in my practice.
I am committed to the connection between creativity and the expression of the unconscious. Whether through images, dreams, symbols or words our personal worlds are given deeper meaning, colour and form when we use the expressive power of art.
My training, practice and professional interest is Jungian and Object Relations whilst also based in a person-centred approach. My practice is informed by the theories of Jung, McNiff, Winnicott and Bowlby.
I am a BAAT registered private practitioner and clinical supervisor for all age groups and clinical specialisms. I offer clinical supervision within the NHS, voluntary sector and in the private sector. I have been developing art therapy in schools since 2008 and providing trainee support and supervision within mainstream education. Specialist areas include private practice, addictions, children & adolescents, mental health and environmental arts therapy individuals and groups.
Environmental Arts Therapy
I am currently developing an ‘environmental arts therapy’ approach for some clients who are particularly drawn to work with art-making and ritual in nature. This approach integrates movement and drama techniques into an arts-based practice which draws on the role of story/visualisation and myth, poetry and play in relation to the metaphors we find in nature.
I co-facilitate the ‘Circle of Trees’ environmental arts therapy group which offers an integrative arts therapy approach using sculpture, movement, poetry and myth within therapeutic woodland spaces in London.
Mobile: 0776 9941567
Claire de Boursac
Working with nature for healing, nurture and growth
Wellbeing Practitioner | Forest Guide |Humanistic Psychotherapist (MBACP) | Nature-Based Psychotherapist
In Claire's Words:
I have long appreciated the profound benefits of time spent in nature, the
possibility of softening into her gentle and accepting presence and of touching places in ourselves that can be hard to reach in the habits and routines of our busy urban lives.
Through my training in nature-based- psychotherapy and other healing practices and through my work with individuals and small groups, I have witnessed time and again how connecting with nature can facilitate transformation in a gentle yet powerful way. I help people to deepen their connection to themselves and to the world around them and in this way to meet what’s ready to be worked with. That may be a wound asking to be healed, a desire that needs to be nurtured or a transformation ready to manifest. Engaging with ourselves in this way can help us to thrive, to be well, to live fully.
I offer small group sessions, which support participants to have an individual journey while being held and witnessed in the company of others.
Current activities include:
Monthly Forest Bathing sessions
Forest Bathing is a practice developed in Japan during the 1980s, one that has become a cornerstone of Japanese healthcare. These relaxing and restorative sessions combine meditation, mindful awareness and nature-therapy practices.
The Seasonal Self
A series of workshops that run across the year. At each meeting we take time to reflect on the current season, what is present and stirring in our internal world as well as to observe the changes in the natural world and to see what teachings these might have for our own lives so that we may thrive at this particular time of year.
In this series of 6 workshops we’ll explore a different way of being. One where we know, honour and nurture ourselves. In this small, intimate group we will bring careful attention to our relationship with ourselves and others; explore how we give and receive care; deepen our understanding of our own needs, wants and desires and discover how we can best respond to them.
If you are drawn to working individually with me in the cabin or in the woods please get in touch so we can explore together what form that may take. For more information about me, how I work and the courses I offer please see www.cdebtherapy.com