About me

 

When I go down to the sea the first thing I want to do is to take off my socks and shoes and to be on the sand and in the water with bare feet. A feeling of being connected to the environment and myself is important to me.  The idea of ‘bare feet’ helps me connect to the image of the carefree and confident child, the idea of living for each moment, being open and receptive to what is happening each moment, a time where anxieties and uncertainties about the future are less developed.

 

Like many people it is all too easy to get caught up in a hectic and chaotic life leaving little time to think about oneself, but choosing to take this time can be an important and rewarding experience. I try to give myself time outdoors charging my “green batteries” and this can be kayaking, sailing, walking, gardening, and camping – particularly if cooking over campfires can be included!

 

Indoors, I read, I have a longstanding love of learning, I sew and spend time with my family.  I have a studio where I make pictures using textiles and paint.

Qualifications and Experience

 

BA Hons Psychology (2003)

Diploma Counselling (Gestalt) 2011

Gamcare training. 2011

 

Its your Choice - 8 years working with this service offering counselling for young people in the New Forest.

 

Brockenhurst College - 11 Years supporting students with learning and behavioural difficulties.

 

Arnewood/Ringwood schools - counselling young people.

 

Princess Royal Trust - 7 years providing counselling for those who care for others

 

I enjoy attending workshops and feel this is a valuable part of my continuing professional development which helps me keep up to date current thinking on a variety of issues.

 

I am a member of the BACP and I adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I am also a member of the Hampshire Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (HACP)

 

ally@barefeetcounselling.co.uk