Walk & talk therapy

Walk and talk outdoor counselling (Bournemouth, Dorset)

Whether it’s a need for extra support in a crisis or facing a long term personal challenge, I offer a confidential counselling service catering for individual or organisational needs. Counselling with me will enable you to better understand your thinking and behaviour and allow you to gain perspective.  This will help you to overcome issues that may have had a negative impact on you and you will be able to make more positive choices than you might have realised.

You will experience a highly professional, safe and supportive environment and you can choose to work on a short or long term basis, at a pace to suit you.  The counselling is on a one to one basis for adults (over 18’s)

An increasingly popular way to combine talking therapy and gentle exercise is my walk and talk outdoor therapy in Bournemouth.   Clients have found they are more motivated than indoors saying that being outdoors enables them to process their thoughts and feelings more easily, that it is less intense than facing each other in a room and the forward movement of our walking together can help them to imagine and achieve the changes they would like.

Research has shown that walking helps mood, improves perspective and enables greater clarity of thinking.  All of these lend themselves to making outdoor counselling and coaching experiences a really effective alternative.  We are fortunate to have many beautiful parks and beaches in the area where we can meet for the session.  We will make arrangements for what to do if the weather turns bad or if you meet someone you know.  You don’t need to be super fit or to walk fast or too far. The type of issue you have and how far you feel you can walk will be taken into account in assessing whether walk and talk is right for you. The extent to which we do or don’t use the nature around us in our outdoor therapy is something we can review together.  There has been an unprecedented growth in demand for this therapy and spaces are limited, so get in touch soon to book a place.

Your counsellor will be myself, Elaine Arthur.  I founded  Transforming Together for my private counselling practice.  I am a Registered Accredited Counsellor with the Association of Christian Counsellors, a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy,  a Member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online and a Member of a Counsellors and Psychotherapists Outdoors Network.  I provide a counselling service for individual clients on a private basis and I also provide a counselling service for workplaces, churches, local authorities and employee assistance providers.  The service is called Transforming Together because I seek to work with you so that together you can find a pathway towards lasting positive transformation in your life.

If you would like to explore if counselling with me is right for you, I will be happy to offer you a free initial no obligation assessment of up to 30 minutes by telephone or email.   This will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you have.  For face to face sessions availability is currently on weekdays during the daytime.

I integrate a range of counselling models and tools using a holistic approach to well being tailored to your needs.  This can include considering how issues impact you in body, mind and if desired spirit. Methods include use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Person-Centred , Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused, Mindfulness and creative approaches as best suits for each person. Christian Counselling is available if requested using the CWR/Adapted Crabb model.  I have trained to incorporate coaching and wellbeing training into your counselling experience.

Areas of counselling include:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression and low mood
  • Spiritual issues
  • Relationship and conflict issues e.g. family, friends, work colleagues and couples
  • Low self-esteem and low self-confidence
  • Past family problems
  • Communication issues
  • Workplace and career issues
  • Personal development
  • Decision-making
  • Managing transitions in life
  • Long term ill health conditions e.g. ME, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Coping with loss e.g. bereavement, retirement, redundancy, separation and divorce
  • Anger management
  • Shame
  • Guilt
  • Loneliness
  • Sleep problems

Free initial assessment – The starting point for all counselling is to have a free initial no obligation email or phone assessment lasting up to 30 minutes which will then be followed up by a more detailed assessment/introductory session of 60 minutes.  The fee for the 60 minute session depends on whether sessions are online, by telephone or face to face.  See below for details.

For one to one walk and talk (outdoor therapy) sessions the fees are £45 for 1 hour sessions and £65 for 90 minute sessions.  Counselling sessions are available on a pay as you go basis or by paying for a number of sessions in advance.  Payment for online and telephone counselling is required a minimum of 48 hours before the sessions commence.  An additional charge of £2 is made per cheque and £1 per cash payment to cover the costs of bank charges and other direct costs related to these forms of payment.

All the services are open to all, of all faiths or none.  For examples of feedback from users of our services see our testimonials page on this website.

Data Protection, Privacy and Client Confidentiality We have the highest respect for your privacy and want to assure you that we will not distribute, sell, lease or share your personal information to any third party, unless we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is reasonably necessary to comply with the law or for safe ethical practice or where you are at serious risk of being a harm to yourself or others.  Except in the aforementioned circumstances, data will not be passed to another party without your consent.

Transforming Together Ltd has data management and protection policies and procedures in place concerning the collection, processing, holding and transmitting of your personal information in order to work within the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation 2018.  The nature of our work is counselling, coaching and training. Personal information supplied by clients and delegates will be held securely and used solely by Transforming Together Ltd.

Only where you use our services or where you request our services or information about our services, will we gather and secure your personal information. This will be used to contact you to understand your needs, to arrange appointments and to improve our services.  Client enquiries relating to the processing and use of personal data should be addressed to the Data Processor, Elaine Arthur, at elaine.arthur@transformingtogether.co.uk or phone 07948 388266.  For details of our data management policies and procedures see http://www.transformingtogether.co.uk/data-protection/

 

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