Affiliate Member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning
Level 7 MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice (Completion expected 2022)
Level 6 Dip. in Counselling Supervision (2017)
Level 5 Dip. Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (2015)
Level 4 Dip. Theory and Practice of Counselling (2012)
Level 3 Cert. Counselling Skills (2009)
Level 2 Cert. Introduction to Counselling (2008)
Specialism: Existentially informed Outdoor Therapy
Qualified and in practice since 2012, Nick has enjoyed a consistent career in Counselling and runs a small private practice in Hythe, Kent. He is particularly interested in the amalgamation of existential therapy with ecopsychology and primarily offers an outdoor therapy service.
A qualified teacher, he has been training counsellors since 2013, progressing to the point of designing and facilitating his own courses.
Oozing passion for the subject, he is an easy-going, relaxed tutor who has a particular talent for being both challenging and nurturing at the same time. A perpetual student, Nick is currently studying for an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice with a research focus on existentially informed eco-therapy.
Elaine holds Fellowship member status with the Federation of Holistic Therapists and is an accredited member of the National Counselling Society.
BA (Hons) in Education and Professional Training. Level 4 in Therapeutic Counselling. Level 4 in Life Coaching. Level 4 in Child Psychology. Higher International Diploma in Reflexology. Reiki Master. Diploma in End of Life Therapy. Practitioner Diploma’s in Aromatherapy. Practitioner Diploma’s in Remedial Massage. Practitioner Diploma’s in Crystal Healing.
Elaine began her teaching career in 1998, teaching beauty and complementary therapy. In 2002, she qualified as an adult and further education lecturer. In 2010, Elaine completed a qualification at the Mount Vernon hospital in Middlesex, specialising in using complementary therapy with patients undergoing cancer treatment, while working at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital.
Elaine qualified as a counsellor in 2014, gaining the level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and has since gained experience with transgender clients and counselling young people and children. Elaine continues in private practice working with cancer patients and as an intuitive therapist and counsellor. She has developed a new way of working, combining counselling, reflexology and reiki, along with intuitive skills to work with trauma.
Elaine has written and delivers an accredited qualification in Cancer Awareness and is currently developing workshops on understanding and developing the self and Cpd courses for holistic therapy. One of Elaine’s core skills is the support, guidance, and nurturing of individuals in developing themselves to achieve the best they can be or simply supporting them through their illness.
Senior Supervisor Play Therapy UK (PTUK); Supervisor & Senior Accredited Registrant of the National Counselling Society (NCS); Member of the AIST (Association for Integrated Sandplay Therapists) ; Accredited member of BACP; Member of the Guild of Energists
BA MA Psychology and Sociology
Cert in Education
PG Diploma in Management
PG Dips in ASD and EBD conditions
PG Diploma and Certificate in Creative Arts and Play Therapy
Level 4 Training and Development
Cert in Counselling
Certificate in Supervision
Certificate in Sand Play Studies
Master NLP practitioner
EFT Advanced Diploma
Lindsay worked for many years in schools, teaching and working in multi-disciplinary teams supporting children and young people with emotional and behavioral difficulties. She created a Therapeutic Play project, to meet these needs, which delivered 4000 hours of therapy to 15 schools in the Shepway and Ashford areas. For seven years she has mentored managers on a Creative Arts & Play Project in Jakarta for Play Therapy International – PTI. Her work now mainly focuses around supervision and training.
She enjoys working creatively in her Supervision sessions, using a sand tray with miniature world items and also, paint, clay, and Mandalas. She also finds using metaphor and visualisation techniques useful and fun. In her free time, she likes creating mosaics, walking, singing, bird watching, and practicing Qi Kung. She is interested in all aspects of the mind-body-spirit connection and is pleased to accompany people on their journey to Well Being. Studying how to use Vibrational Essences within the therapeutic setting is her new passion.
Specialist tutor – outdoor therapy
Training, Qualifications and Experience.
I completed counsellor training in 2003, have been working continuously since then, accredited by the BACP since 2007, and a qualified supervisor since 2013. I am also an experienced teacher in post-16 education and have taught counselling and managed teaching provision at all levels as well as supervising many trainee counsellor placements and successfully coaching counsellors through accreditation. I am also Development Coordinator for Iron Mill College here in Kent and Stanley and I have worked together now for six years. My degree is in Rural Environment Studies and I worked on organic farms and doing environmental conservation for many years. Qualifications: B.Sc., PGCE, Couns. Adv.Dip, Dip. Sup, Reg and Accred BACP
I love working and being outdoors, walking, growing things, camping, and just sitting with the sun or the wind on my face or under the moonlight. I have had 2 careers, first in the environmental field and then in counselling. The two have now come together in the field of outdoor therapy. I offer 1:1 counselling and Animal Assisted Therapy for adults, trainee and qualified counsellors and young people as well as clinical supervision for individuals and teaching. I have worked in a variety of settings over the years with many post-qualification trainings, most recently Animal Assisted Therapy and EMDR
Animal Assisted Therapy
This way of working incorporates animals, and in this case my dog Stanley, into the counselling work. This means we may work inside or outside, may sit and talk as in traditional counselling, or we may go for walk, play with Stanley, maybe do some training or a range of other activities. This often makes counselling a less scary thought and making friends with a dog is often an easier first step and it can be more fun and light-hearted whilst still working through difficulties. The range of issues we can work on in this way is exactly the same as traditional counselling. There are also proven therapeutic benefits to doing gentle physical activity whilst processing difficult feelings and thoughts.
specialist tutor – outdoor & animal assisted play therapy
Stanley ‘Bonzo’ London
2016 – present: Institute for Animal-Assisted Play Therapy, School of Life (Canine Branch)
2014 – 2016: K9 Kindergarten, Whitstable
Stanley has always been a keen student, passing all his exams – CCSEs (Canine Certificate of Secondary Education) in Sit, Paw, Fetch, Lie Down, High Five, Stay, Catch, Round, Stop, Find, Wait, Go, Taking a Treat Gently and Personal Hygiene. He then went on to study Animal Assisted Play Therapy with Dr Rise Van Fleet where he excelled and graduated with an A*.
Hair: Tri-Colour; Eyes: Brown; Weight: 19 kg; Breed: Border Collie (mostly) & Labrador (a bit)
Stanley is confident, creative, keen to work, with an eye for detail, and a nose for a treat. He is now embarking on a teaching career with Whitebeam Associates where he hopes he will become a popular and valued member of staff. He currently has his eye on a future research collaboration with the Exeter apprentice Poppy Bedford. His people are currently talking to her people…