Our Practitioners

Auriel Sarah Eagleton 

Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, Environmental Art Therapist

Works with Adults, Adolescents, and Children

 

Louise Fitzpatrick

Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, Environmental Art Therapist, Supervisor

Works with Adults, Adolescents, and Children

Claire de Boursac

Humanistic Psychotherapist, Nature-Based-Therapist, Nature-wellbeing Practitioner and Forest Bathing Guide

Works with Adults

Natasha Frost

Dramatherapist, Speech and Language Therapist

Works with Adults, Adolescents, and Children

Estelle Asselin

Integrative Counsellor, Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide

Works with Adults

Auriel Sarah Eagleton

Auriel is a Masters trained, HCPC registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, working with both adults and children.

Auriel provides art therapy, psychotherapy and counselling  services to individuals, couples, groups and parents or carers with their children.

Auriel has also undergone training with Ian Siddons and is an Environmental Arts Therapist, working outdoors and bringing natural materials into the art therapy studio.

Auriel's special interests, aside from working to enhance the wellbeing and expand the creative expression of all her clients using the arts and nature, include using art therapy to support children and individuals on the autism spectrum (ASD).

In the therapist's own words:

 

'We all grow, at different paces and through different experiences. Sometimes we get stuck and need company along the journey. Therapy is company through moments of feelings stuck or when life's journey presents us with challenges we feel unequipped to face alone.

 

I offer a non-judgemental space in which clients can express themselves. I believe that good therapy requires challenge, as well as empathic exploration. My aim is to help clients to discover and accept themselves, developing life skills and moving toward greater flexibility and wellbeing.'

Working with children:

I am passionate about supporting children to thrive and reach their best potential in all areas of life. I see each child as an individual and work with their strengths to support them through emotional difficulty or trauma and to develop social and emotional skills.

I don't shy away from addressing practical and behavioural difficulties. I have a special interest in Special Educational Needs (SEN) and autism (ASD). I recognise that in some cases it is as important to address and explore educational needs and behavioural strategies as it is to support children to achieve emotional wellbeing. Indeed the two are linked. A child who feels confident about their capacity in the world and who understands expectations of their behaviour geared toward their health, safety and wellbeing, is typically a more grounded and happier child. Likewise, emotional wellbeing is often at the root of other difficulties. Unlocking and working through emotional difficulties while building self-resources, helps children to thrive.

I structure sessions according to the individual needs of the child. Sometimes this will entail a lot of free play and emotional exploration, for example for a child who struggles to play, socially interact and engage with life. At other times sessions might be structured to offer some free exploration and some set activities, for example with children who struggle to accept direction, become over stimulated or chaotic.

I work with parents and carers to establish children's ongoing needs throughout the course of therapy, though my approach is also very much child-led. I offer both Integrative Arts Counselling (using play-based and arts based interventions to meet children at their level of need and understanding) and 1-1 therapeutic arts workshops geared more specifically to a need or difficulty the child is facing in life, for example working on developing frustration tolerance. The latter is not counselling or psychotherapy as it is directed toward a single goal or outcome, while therapy and counselling will address the broader needs of the child. In cases of trauma or extreme difficulty therapy or counselling will always be recommended, as emotional needs that are left unattended have a direct impact on behaviour and wellbeing.

Please feel free to contact me to discuss your child's needs. I may refer you to another therapist if I feel they might be a better fit for your child's specific needs.

Mobile: 07859161555

Email: auriel.eagleton@protonmail.com

Website: www.aurieleagleton.com

Louise Fitzpatrick

Louise is an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and Supervisor, UKCP and HCPC registered, and is a full member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). ​

Louise works with adults, adolescents and children. 

In the therapist's own words:​

I have been working as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist for many years, seeing clients privately and within NHS, NGO and various school settings.

As an Arts Therapist, I believe that creativity is central to the process of self-discovery, healing, change and transformation.

As well as offering ‘talking Therapy,’ I encourage the use of the arts in sessions – especially when words are too much or not enough. Using different creative methods can help reach places that we cannot get to by talking alone. The arts can also help us explore and better understand the layers of meaning within therapy sessions. This can include working with painting, drawing, clay, sculpture, collage, small worlds, sand tray, poetry, story and myth, movement and ritual.

I also work as an Environmental Arts Therapist (training 2015), which stems from my belief in the inherent wisdom of nature to heal and restore, and an interest in how the cycles and themes within the natural world relate to the human psyche.

My work as a therapist is largely informed by over 9 years’ experience teaching yoga, with a focus upon body and breath, and the relationship between mental, emotional and physical states.

As an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, my theoretical approach combines the Western Psychotherapeutic thinking of Psychodynamic and Humanistic schools, including Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Transactional Analysis, and in particular Gestalt Therapy. My understanding of the human condition is further influenced by the philosophy and psychology of Eastern Traditions (particularly Indian and Tibetan).

A belief in the interconnected relationship between individuals and their wider environment – both past and present – is intrinsic to my thinking and work as a therapist.

I offer both short-term and long-term therapy, depending on individual needs.

Mobile: 07718 897 164

Email: louisefitzpatrick@protonmail.com 

Claire de Boursac

Claire de Boursac (MBACP registered) is a Humanistic Psychotherapist, Nature-Based-Therapist, Nature-wellbeing Practitioner and Forest Bathing Guide.

In the therapist's own words:​

A central thread that runs through all my work with individuals and groups is supporting a deeper connection with self, others and the natural world.

As a humanistic therapist, I welcome all aspects of who you are into our work - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual; your past, your present and your dreams for the future. 

 

The sessions I offer at the Woodland Retreat include nature as a co-creator, inspirer, healer and teacher.  This may involve us spending the session outside talking as we walk the woodland paths or sitting under the ancient oaks and hornbeams.  Alternatively, we may stay inside the cosy cabin, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature.  We might look to nature for inspiration on how you can best respond to a particular event or how to find your own rhythm. As well conventional talking therapy practices, we may use metaphors, create artistic expressions with natural resources on the forest floor or form personalised rituals. The body holds much wisdom and I like to include embodied practices too.  I sometimes draw on elements from my 20+ years of meditation and other wellbeing practices, all of which we will decide together. 

 

Since starting my private practice in 2011 I’ve worked with clients across a wide range of issues, and have developed a particular interest in anger, boundaries, self-esteem and self-care.  A life-long Londoner and nature-lover I am passionate about helping people find their own pace, peace and authentic life in the busy modern city. Nature is a powerful ally to have in this endeavour.

 

To learn more about me and how I work please visit www.cdebtherapy.com

 

I offer a variety of session structures at the Woodland Retreat. 

The classic 50 minute session works well for longer term, weekly therapy.  

I’ve found that as we enter conversation with nature, she often invites us to slow down and take our time.  The 75 minute sessions allow us to do just this and suit some clients better. 

The 100 minute sessions are perfect for diving deeper into a particular issue and also lend themselves well to those wishing to work on creating wellbeing practices.  Monthly sessions with ‘take home’ practices work well for this. 

 

Sessions:  50 minutes £75

                  75 minutes £110

                100 minutes £140

 

As each person is delightfully unique, each therapeutic journey is different.  If you are curious about working with me, I suggest we start with a short phone call to explore what this might look like.  If you prefer to do this in person, we can simply book an initial session. Please email me to arrange. 
 

If you are drawn to working with me and cannot afford my full fee, please get in touch to explore what’s possible. 

 

All of our communication, from the first call or email, is confidential.

I welcome clients from all backgrounds and identities.

Natasha Frost

Natasha originally qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1997 and then as a Dramatherapist (a creative form of Psychotherapy) in 2006.   She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council for both professions.  

In the therapist's own words:​

The combination of both of these trainings along with continued professional development in trauma work and a specific interest in embodiment and voice enables a truly holistic, creative and flexible approach with my clients depending on their individual needs.  My sessions rarely involve only sitting and chatting but involve the whole moving, creative person in order to truly gain insight into the beliefs, patterns and feelings that are etched within.

 

Over the last 23 years, I have extensive experience in working with people of all ages.  With children and young people, I am particularly experienced in working with those who have received a diagnosis of ADHD and ASD and who are struggling with managing ‘neuronormative’ expectations; those who have attachment difficulties; those who have experienced complex trauma and those experiencing general anxiety.

 

With adults, I tend to work with those who are experiencing long term depression and/or anxiety which is impacting on their sense of being able to flourish in all areas of life.  This work is usually long term.  I also work with adults who are wishing to develop their voice in some way.  More information can be found on my website about this work.

 

At the heart of my work, is a desire to provide a warm, safe enough space where a person can accept and align with who they truly are and eventually find the courage to be that person in their everyday life.  I can work in person or online and have recently completed a Certificate in Online Counselling and Psychotherapy.  If you would like to chat about your needs and whether I am the right therapist for you, please do email or call.

Estelle Asselin

Estelle is an Integrative Counsellor (BACP registered) and a certified Forest Therapy and Nature Guide 

In the therapist's own words:​

I stand firmly against the current tendency to treat people like machines. So don't expect me to "rewire your brain" or pathologize your experience.

 

I aim instead to accompany my clients in a collaborative process. I give them the space and time they need to explore whatever is troubling them. I always pay attention to the personal as well as the wider world context of each individual, everything being interconnected. And whether our session will lead us outdoor or indoor, our connection to the natural world features always in my work. For me, being connected to nature is an attitude of mind rather than an activity, it’s about our place in the web of life, a sense of belonging and kinship. A down-to-earth approach, literally.

 

Talking and stories are a big part of the work, but to welcome all forms of expression, I might suggest at times to use images, metaphors, nature-based activities or body-mind connection, among other things. My role is to help you explore and better understand your situation, opening up possibilities and retrieving the ability to make fully informed choices for your life.

 

My training background is integrative and relational. And in parallel , I’ve developed a passion for imagination and ecopsychology. More recently, I’ve also integrated some body-informed practices, always in the spirit of working as holistically as possible.

 

Through my career, I worked with people from all walks of life at Waterloo Community Counselling, students from London South Bank University, asylum seekers and Frenchspeaking immigrants at the Multi-Ethnic Counselling Service. Currently, I work in private practice and as an associate counsellor for the Wilderness Foundation. I’m a member of the BACP and Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and I’m certified in outdoor first aid. I've helped my clients deal with issues such as anxiety, depression, creativity, life transitions, bereavement and low self-esteem, among other things. I love working with a diverse range of people and I have a particular interest in grief and loss, life transitions and issues surrounding mixed heritage and culture.

 

At the cabin, I will be offering weekly 1:1 sessions, on a short-term or long-term basis, in English or French.

 

Fee: £60 for a 50-minute-session.