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Outdoor therapy for people living with and beyond cancer

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Counselling charity We Hear You are teaming up with The Natural Self to offer a six-week outdoor therapy course for people living with and beyond cancer.

The course starts on Wednesday 26th June and runs for six weeks.

The project will be led by Rhonda Brandrick and Michéal Connors, experienced practitioners of a therapeutic approach known as ecotherapy, who will lead the sessions on behalf of the charity. The approach uses outdoor activities in a natural setting to reduce stress and promote emotional and physical wellbeing. 

Clinical manager at We Hear You, Cath Wilkins, says, “At We Hear You we’ve been aware for some time that the traditional counselling model doesn’t suit everyone. WHYoutdoors forms part of a wider project to develop services to meet the need of the diverse range of people who approach us for support during their experience of cancer or a life-threatening condition. We’re delighted to be working with Michéal and Rhonda as they combine expertise in the field of ecotherapy with extensive experience working with people affected by cancer.”

The six-week course will bring a group of participants together, all of whom have cancer or are in remission, in a natural setting in Tickenham, North Somerset, where they will relax, reflect and take part in activities aimed at restoring their sense of self and emotional wellbeing. The first two sessions will focus on grounding and wellbeing, followed by two sessions promoting emotional healing and growth. The final two sessions have a theme of purpose and meaning.

The first WHYoutdoors course starts on 26th June from 10am to 3pm in Tickenham, North Somerset and runs for six weeks. To find out more and refer yourself for WHYoutdoors or for WHY’s other counselling services, please email info@wehearyou. org.uk or call 01373 455255.

More information about The Natural Self can be found at www.thenaturalself.co.uk/.

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