nature allied journeys
A little bit about my background as a therapist...
23 years ago I started working as a wilderness guide and noticed that when people spent time outside their anxiety dissipated, their mood shifted, their thinking changed and they experienced a greater sense of wellbeing. Training as a psychotherapist at the same time as guiding people outside, I wondered why mainstream psychology made not one mention of these significant shifts available when we go into wild, or simply more natural settings.
So while I am a psychotherapist and registered clinical social worker, I call myself a nature-allied therapist. For me it means that, unlike most mainstream therapies where the difficulties people experience are seen as largely isolated to their own heads, I see each person as an ecosystem, a living web of interconnected relationships, all of which effect .
Through a somatically-based integrative psychotherapy I focus on supporting an individual's capacity for increasing connection and aliveness. I work with people on the stories they are telling themselves unconsciously; what those beliefs are and where they came from; and guide them toward the possibility of letting go of that story, or letting go of the hold that those stories have on them.
I weave nature-based, contemplative and somatic practices into my traditional therapy training and use, as a foundation, my clinical training in NARM (Neuro-Affective Relational Model working with developmental trauma, Complex-PTSD, intergenerational trauma and collective historical trauma).
I also offer Constellations sessions - family, systems and nature - should this feel like a valuable lens into family dynamics, patterns and challenges.
I am based in Hoedspruit, Limpopo and currently work online. Please contact me if you would like in-person sessions.
Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa
+27 741 727 327
"Psychology, so dedicated to awakening human consciousness, needs to wake itself up to one of the most ancient human truths: we cannot be studied or cured apart from the planet."
- James Hillman