My name is Ellie Hobson and I am the founder of Wild Therapy. I offer one-one outdoor counselling sessions along the coastal path at Helens Bay. I am also exploring how to develop this work by offering group Wilderness Therapy expeditions as we emerge from lockdown.
After returning from the Portuguese Camino in 2019, where I walked 400 kilometres over 28 days, I took the plunge to start up Wild Therapy.
Wild Therapy is a fresh and organic approach to therapy and is the outcome of two of my greatest passions; a desire to see lives changed through the pursuit of emotional health married with the power of the outdoors as a natural facilitator in transformation.
I long to see a world where we connect authentically with ourselves, with one another and with the natural world. To get there, I believe this takes the brave work of beginning a journey of self reflection and true connection and accountability through counselling.
I’m an Integrative therapist which basically means I work with clients in two ways; person-centred and pyschodynamically. For those people who have never been to counselling before and have no idea what to expect I thought I would give a little more insight in counselling itself. It might be helpful to understand what an integrative approach actually means. Being person-centred means being with a client as they process their pain. So it’s having someone who really see’s you and hears you. Pyschodynamic means making use of the past to enable someone to move forward and to create understanding and healing through their own life journey. I seek to help clients to understand why they are the way they are and why they do the things they do. To connect the dots and threads that may be deeply rooted and established since childhood and which might be negatively impacting their lives today.
I believe in non-judgement, acceptance, connection, honesty, curiosity and empathy. With permission, I like to provide honest insight into peoples lives, in the hope that I can encourage them to acknowledge and accept their pain and trauma so they can move through it. I enjoy looking at patterns which might be leading to unhealthy lifestyles and to encourage people to become their best selves. The best part of this job is to see people flourish! I don’t see myself as an expert but as an equal. I often learn as much from the people who come to see me as they do from me!
I believe in the power of movement to restore us and appreciate that since trauma is absorbed and experienced first and foremost in the body, so it can also be released through bodywork. This is why I use interventions such as walking, wild swimming and simple breathing exercises to help people to connect to themselves, to their bodies and to the world around them. I work in a trauma-informed way and enjoy exploring attachment theory as part of the therapeutic process.
I am deeply rooted in faith and passionate about exploring spirituality and faith questions as part of the work I do, if people are interested or curious to explore these topics.
One-One Outdoor Counselling – (adults, children & young people.)
Wilderness Therapy journeys – (coming soon – adults, children & young people.)
You can read more about Wild Therapy on their spotlight blog here.