CONNECT AND REFLECT PSYCHOTHERAPY

The Autumnal Equinox, Life’s Transitions and Coping.

The Autumnal Equinox is upon us. This means that there are equal amounts of light and dark hours today.  After today, the days will get shorter and the nights will get longer.  Transition is upon us.  This makes me think about transitions in our lives – school, perhaps university, work, maybe marriage or significant relationships – a whole series of events.  Sometimes, an event can happen that casts a shadow upon other experiences that we have.  Bereavement, trauma, separation, the list goes on.  It is important to connect with these difficult moments in our lives, to reflect upon what they meant to us when they happened and what they mean to us now.  We can then decide how we will move on, what we will process and put away so that we can experience life’s many surprises being as fully present in the moment as we can be, without regrets, shame, guilt, even anger.

Run & Reflect

Being outside and surrounded by beautiful scenery, this can help us gain perspective on an issue that may be troubling us. By being mindful of how it is that we observe the nature around us, we can learn to apply the same skills to observing our own lives and significant experiences that happen to us. We can also practise slowing things down. Nature has its own pace, its own flow, and if we can learn to experience this then we can take this knowledge into our everyday lives. We can learn to relax and to de-stress. We can also practise breathing and connecting with nature, and in doing so, connecting with ourselves.

Walk and talk, and run and reflect sessions, are a way of having therapy outdoors. Walking and talking, or running and reflecting, is a more dynamic way of processing and exploring issues in our lives than sitting face to face with a counsellor. Walking or running side by side with the counsellor can make us feel less inhibited, and somehow walking and running can help us to view something in a new way. It is a creative process.

Given that so many people live in cities and urbanised areas these days, it is important to take time out from these environments and to go and connect with nature. The walk and talk and run and reflect sessions that I hold are based at Rutland Water, a beautiful reservoir in the heart of England, with stunning views. I hold run and reflect sessions based on your pace. The therapeutic aspects of running are huge. Come and join me.

Walk & Talk

Being outside and surrounded by beautiful scenery, this can help us gain perspective on an issue that may be troubling us. By being mindful of how it is that we observe the nature around us, we can learn to apply the same skills to observing our own lives and significant experiences that happen to us. We can also practise slowing things down. Nature has its own pace, its own flow, and if we can learn to experience this then we can take this knowledge into our everyday lives. We can learn to relax and to de-stress. We can also practise breathing and connecting with nature, and in doing so, connecting with ourselves.

Walk and talk, and run and reflect sessions, are a way of having therapy outdoors. Walking and talking, or running and reflecting, is a more dynamic way of processing and exploring issues in our lives than sitting face to face with a counsellor. Walking or running side by side with the counsellor can make us feel less inhibited, and somehow walking and running can help us to view something in a new way. It is a creative process.

Given that so many people live in cities and urbanised areas these days, it is important to take time out from these environments and to go and connect with nature. The walk and talk and run and reflect sessions that I hold are based at Rutland Water, a beautiful reservoir in the heart of England, with stunning views. I invite you to join me.