Simon Heath MNCS, MBACP
I am an Ecotherapist and Counselling Tutor working in Devon; I strongly believe that there is fundamental connection between our wellbeing and our environment; that we are part of a number of interconnected ecosystems and not separate from nature.
I have experienced the benefits of Ecotherapeutic Counselling at different stages of my life and am a passionate advocate for the many benefits of walking therapy.
Before becoming a Counsellor, I worked in a number of diverse areas including a call centre, a watermill, hospitals, a prison and as a public artist. Since 2016 I have worked for Devon Counselling College as a Tutor, teaching counselling and listening skills, a job which allows me to constantly re-evaluate my working practices and explore creative counselling interventions.
I am a member of the National Counselling Society and the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and I operate within their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and as such undertake regular supervision with a qualified Supervisor.
I trained as an integrative counsellor working in Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Gestalt models. As part of my ongoing professional development, I undertake regular ongoing training and have completed training in other models such as Transactional Analysis (TA) and Mindfulness.
How I Work
By combining traditional counselling techniques with proven ecotherapy practices I aim to provide you with a safe, caring, space to work through whatever you want to explore.
There are many proven benefits of being outside to both mental and physical wellbeing. The walking element of outside therapy literally takes us on a journey together, giving choices of which path to take, encouraging us to find new ways of finding where we are going.
The way I work is tailored to your individual needs with each session taking its own shape and with elements of each therapy being interwoven in my work as and when appropriate.
Where I Work
I work in a few different landscapes across Teignbridge, South Devon, all chosen for their combination of natural harmony and privacy - enabling you to relax in the knowledge that whatever we discuss will remain confidential.
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 I was invited to record an episode of the Stepping Out podcast to talk about my work as an ecotherapist and why working and walking outside are so important to me and my therapeutic work. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here.
Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve
(Off Season only)
The combination of dunes and beach create a vibrant, changing space in which to work.
An amazing green space in the heart of Newton Abbot, the park has a diverse habitat including open spaces, meadow, woodland and river.
A long expanse of beautiful beach that naturally changes with each tide. Ideal for mindfulness work.
Where we work will be tailored to your preference and can change as our work continues.
I also offer online and room-based Counselling if you feel this is something you would prefer. These ways of working are not exclusive, and we can move from outside to inside/online sessions and back again - this can be particularly useful in times of social distancing measures or to accommodate temporary changes in circumstances.
Wherever we choose to work together, be it side by side in the open air, connected by technology or a combination of the two, you will have my full attention and I will listen with sensitivity, acceptance and with the aim of helping you explore and address your issues at a pace that suits you.
Occasionally the weather plays a more dominant part in our sessions. Suitable clothing (including sturdy, waterproof footwear, may be needed as part of the experiential nature of the work is to be immersed in the landscape.
The cost of a 50 minute session is £45.00.
If you feel that cost maybe a barrier to you, please ask about low-cost sessions. I have a limited number of places available to people on low incomes. If there are none available at the time of your enquiry, I am more than happy to add your name to my waiting list.