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All About
Into The Wild Therapy

How we got here
Into The Wild Therapy was established in 2019.  It was a long held vision to offer counselling in a creative way that connected counselling with nature and also brought into counselling my other great love in life - horses.  I am passionate about nature and have always wanted to live in a place that is wild, where I can wake in the morning to the sound of bird song, leave my front door and be immersed in nature, grow my own food and have somewhere that I could have my horses at home.   This dream became a reality in 2016 when we purched our croft in Little Rogart.  

Ethos & Beliefs
the principles behind what I do

Everything I offer at Into the Wild Therapy comes from a client centred perspective.  I believe that we are all unique individuals and that no one form of therapy is a fit for all people.  The principles behind person centred therapy are that the client is the expert on their own life and that it is our job as the therapist or counsellor to walk along side them on their journey.  When we create the right conditions for growth to occur, just as a plant which is given the right condtions in the ground grows to its full potential  then a person given the right conditions in relationship can grow to reach their full potential.  The conditions I bring to relationship with my clients are empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence.

I am passionate about the outdoors and believe that location and the environment can be therapeutic in its own right.  I also believe that connection to something much bigger than ourselves helps to put life in perspective.. There is somethng inherantly healing about just being in and around nature and it has always been my go to when I need space to reflect or to ground myself in life.  Nature and animlas are completlely authentic and exist without judgement. I beleive that it is in relationship to this authenticiyt that exists within the other than human workd that we can find inner peace and connection.
About Karen

I live here on our croft in Rogart Sutherland with my partner Jim and our son James.  We have 5 horses who have all been rehomed here for life, our rescue dog Forest and our hens.

I qualified at Strathclyde University in  2014 with a Post Graduate Diploma in counselling and psychotherapy.  During my training I volunteered with Crisis Counsellng and Stepping Stones Counselling in Glasgow gaining experience with a wide variety of clients presenting with various needs. After graduating I worked for a music therapy project in Fort William before having my son and then moving further North.  Since moving to the Highlnds I have worked with veterans at Poppy Scotland Inverness and then as a school counsllor in three different schools, during this time I trained as children and young persons counsellor.

Before training to be a counsellor I ran a gardening business and looked after a sponsored planting project  at Cashel Forest on the east side of Loch Lomond for the Royal Scottish Forestry Society,  I frequently took customers out on the hill to plant trees, often these trees would be for someone the family had lost and in doing this I realised awesome power that this interaction with nature had for those who were greiving.  During this time I became interested in equine psychology.  I embarked on a series of training courses with Intelligent horsemanship covering horse psychology and behaviour, feed, nutrition, stud practice, ground work, leading and loading and working with difficult to handle and untouched horses.  I used this training to help rescue horses and spent 3 years volunteering with equine rescue and rehoming in Aberfoyle.

I have over 20 years experience with meditation and have practiced this since my early 20s undertaking various trainings and workshops in this field including mindfulness, chakra work and more recently an interest in concious connected breathwork.

I am committed to continued professional  development and keep up to date with developments in the field of  counselling and psychotherapy, I am a registered member of the BACP (British Assosciation for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their ethics and standards.  I am also fully insured.

About Our Croft

Our 7 acre croft lies in the heart of  a crofting community in Little Rogart, Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands. With an additional share in 36 acres of hill grazing we are blessed with a range of diverse natural habitats from wooded areas to wildflower meadow and heather moor.  This allows for a wide range of wildlife and regular sightings include red deer who can be heard rutting in the autumn and the shy roe deer as well as stoats, hare, red kites buzzards, lapwings and many other species of birds.

I am passionate about biodiversity and permaculture is at the heart of everything I do.  We have a large vegetable and herb garden which clients are welcome to spend time in and I am continously working to enhance and compliment what we have here by planting more trees, hedgerows and wildflowers.
Working Spaces

I currently work outdoors from a shelter in our field.  Clients love our view out over the field and valley where they can watch rabbits play while our herd of rescue horses graze peacefully.  The shelter offers cover in bad weather while still offering a full experience of being immersed in nature.

This year we have begun construction on an indoor space that can be used for both one to one counselling and for small groups.  It is an exciting project that will reflect nature and be built using as many found and natural materials as possible and will be completly unique.

Explore in nature - combine your therapy session with a walk in the beautiful natural landscape that surrounds us.  Our field covers 7 acres with a small wood and a stream and we have a share in 36 acres of hill ground.  Immerse yourself in the woods or in the wild open space of the moor.  We can use our time to walk and talk exploring the natural environment around us or practice nature connection in the heart of the woods, sessios can be tailor made to suit your needs session to session.

Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are. —Gretel Ehrlich
152 Little Rogart
Rogart, Sutherland
+44 (0) 7849 837835
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