Welcome to Wildpath!
My name is Anna Ferris and I am a BACP registered Counsellor based in Bristol.
I offer counselling in both a traditional indoor therapeutic setting in Long Ashton, North Somerset and ecotherapy in outdoor settings in Bristol and North Somerset.
I completed my training as an Integrative Counsellor at UWE Bristol in 2011 and have a background in social work and mental health. Over the past 20 years I have worked in the charity sector as well as in local authority and NHS settings. I bring this wealth of experience to my counselling work.
Covid19 - I am offering online and telephone counselling sessions during this period. I am restarting outdoor face-t0-face ecotherapy from July 29th 2020 following social distancing guidelines. I am offering a free 30 minute introductory telephone session for new clients. Please call or email me to book.
Sometimes it can be helpful to step back from the challenges in your life and to take some time to talk things through.
Counselling is a space where you can be listened to, validated and understood. You can explore past and present difficulties at your own pace with compassion and support. Whatever brings you to seek support at this time, a warm, accepting and supportive therapy relationship can give you the opportunity to bring unconscious patterns of thinking and feelings into awareness. If you are met with kindness in this process you will be able to meet yourself with increasing compassion, clarity and acceptance.
Confidentiality, respect and trust are key elements in a therapeutic relationship and it is important to find the right therapist for the way you are and for what you need right now in your life.
On the following pages you can find out more about me and the way I work. If you feel that this resonates with you please contact me to arrange a free 30 minute telephone consultation and we can explore working together.
How I can help
‘If you allow yourself to be the person you are then everything will come into rhythm.’
The variety of different talking therapies on offer can seem confusing and it is a perfectly valid question to ask, ‘Which one is for me?’
I work using an integrative and holistic approach. I am able to draw upon a range of theories and techniques in my work with you. This offers a flexible way of working as I can tailor my approach to meet your individual needs and preferences. I work both indoors in a traditional therapy setting and also outdoors.
Whichever way we choose to work together, I will hold a deep respect for you and the difficulties that you have brought to the therapy. I will offer a safe and confidential space where you will be listened to with care, acceptance and full attention. You will have the opportunity to explore your current or past issues at your own pace, to reflect and to discover what may be hidden from your awareness. I will offer you support and encouragement to move through any difficult feelings and to help you towards clarity, compassion and acceptance.
I have experience working with a wide range of issues including;
Work related problems
Sexual Abuse and Trauma
Physical Health and Disability
Bereavement and Loss
Issues around Self-Fulfilment and Self Esteem
Finding life direction
‘I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out until sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.’
Many people find that spending time outdoors is beneficial for the symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety as well as for promoting physical health and general wellbeing.
My interest in ecotherapy stems from my own relationship with the natural world. I feel most truly alive and happy when I am walking, swimming or camping in the woods, the hills or by the ocean. I find that regular contact with the natural world is deeply restorative and fundamental to my wellbeing. My relationship with the natural 'more than human' world has helped me to find perspective and calm through many difficult periods in my life.
Ecotherapy takes the therapeutic space outdoors and engages us with the natural world and with the seasons. When we move out into nature we have an opportunity to connect with our thoughts, feelings and bodies in a different way. This might be by simply moving through an outdoor space, or by connecting with our imagination and sense of wonder appreciating the beauty around us or by being open to an experience of the elements - sun, wind, snow and rain. Some experiences outdoors will inevitably challenge us and can this challenge can help to build our resilience and confidence.
‘It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work and that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey.’
Integrative Therapy is a flexible and inclusive approach to therapy that is grounded in the humanistic tradition. The focus is on client self-development, growth and responsibility within a genuine, accepting and empathic relationship between client and therapist. A humanistic philosophy underpins all of the work I do including my ecotherapy work.
My aim is to help you to develop strength, creativity and choice in how you address your problems in the here and now. I believe that in spite of temporary difficulties where we may become stuck, through self-exploration and self-awareness we all have the potential for growth and change.
As an integrative therapist I believe that therapy is not a 'one size fits all' approach. In our work together I will take the time to learn about you and your individual preferences, beliefs and needs. I will suggest ways for us to work together drawing on a range of therapeutic styles which may be as a single combined approach throughout the work or using different approaches at different phases of the therapy.
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‘What shape waits in the seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?’
Bristol and North Somerset