ECO-THERAPY – WILD THERAPY – REWILDING THERAPY
As a psychotherapist I use an ecological approach. I use my experience and knowledge of working experientially, outdoors and with "the more than human" beings, often being part of the process. I also use my knowledge as a student of cognitive science and pychology (and my knowledge and experience from my other studies, of course). I also use my own lived experience and the learning and experience I have gained, having worked through some pretty severe childhood traumas and ensuing dissociation and being neurodivergent in different ways.
I am of course under supervision, and I continue my own personal therapy, as both are a requirement from my training provider but is also in total alignment with how I see my own responsibility as a psychotherapist, even a growth facilitator and a trauma sensitive mindfulness instructor, to continue to tend to myself and my own learning and growth journey.
Other things that I use as a psychotherapist is the knowledge and experience, I have gained through my own ways of learning about myself from expressing myself through visual art and writing, as well as my studies on expressive arts and my formal education in literature and language. I of course also use all my experience and formal trainings in mindfulness and especially in trauma sensitive mindfulness.
I have often been told I should become a psychotherapist... But I have always hesitated. Me? Am I not too crazy? Too wild? Too different?
Then I started to share more about my own growth journey, and I found people were really interested and wanted more of what I shared. So. Here I am, in psychotherapy training. It took me some years to find the right one. You can see in my CV that I have taken some shorter and longer trainings. Maybe they were a preparation? Taking these trainings mean I can move from sharing what helped for me - to supporting you on your own journey.
In 2022-2023 I did a year at Metanoia Psychotherapy and Research Institute in London, studying at the program for an MSc in Contemporary Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Applications. Now I am with The Red Kite in Liverpool, doing a post graduate training in Ecological Psychotherapy and Counselling (TA approach).
Together with my more than 11 years of experience as a growth facilitator, working with equine assisted, animal assisted, nature assisted, rewilding interventions (using trauma sensitive mindfulness, learning and as an equine professional supporting psychotherapy), and my 5 years of experience in educating about it, as well as being part of smaller research projects and collaborative EU projects, I find myself having loads of both formal training and experience within my particular field of work.