For the last 5 years I have worked as an outdoor counsellor, walking and talking with clients near where I live in the Yorkshire Dales. This has been the culmination of a long career of working therapeutically outdoors in the leisure industry, education and residential care. I have also worked as an associate trainer with MIND in South Lakes.
With MIND I have worked with a wide variety of groups in the charitable and corporate sector to find ways of improving mental health and well being. Organisations I have been involved with include Cancer Care, South Lakeland housing, Oaklea Trust and Lakeland. Currently I am involved in assisting the teacher training programme at the Dent Meditation Centre.
Before working as an outdoor counsellor and trainer, I worked for over 20 years as a teacher and care worker with young people experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties who were living in residential care. Through this I became interested in Adventure Therapy and qualified as a person-centered counsellor in 2004.
In October 2018 I completed an MA in Outdoor and Experiential Learning with Cumbria University. My dissertation “Shamanic journey of a wounded soul” evaluated my experience as a client exploring the subject of bereavement and loss, through a series of shamanic encounters with “Reuben Snake” and the tragedy of “Wounded Knee“. Further information about my research interests can be found in Academia.edu and Researchgate.
Other qualifications include: Diploma in Counselling, PGCE in Primary Education, Mountain Leadership (ML (Summer) , Canoeing (Level 2 Coach), Climbing (Single Pitch Supervisors Award) and 2 day First Aid for remote locations. I am also DBS checked.