Our overall approach is generated from a 'relational coaching psychology' position, where we have 'unconditional, positive regard' for the participant. We provide the individual or small group we are working with, the opportunity to spend time thinking about, discussing and co-creating amongst other things, the inter-subjective relationship between participant and coach, the what if's and the possibilities to develop a new way of existing and creating new and less damaging habits, attitudes and behaviours.
With individuals needing ‘time out’ or struggling with aspects of life such as feeling lost or lacking direction then our approach provides a safe and firm foundation to build objectivity, find acceptance and space to revive, reinvent or create new approaches to life.
Where mental health issues are manifest, then typically, we engage with individuals at the point in their recovery (post rehab/ post psychotherapy) when the 'wounded self' has been sufficiently repaired and is out of a state of crisis, and when they are in a place where they are looking for a way forward; a place where they can regenerate.
Using this approach as a baseline for the programme, the individual develops in a way that is right for them, enabling them to explore how they can exist in a more authentic way.
Any historical issues, mistakes and successes will be held lightly and explored, so that a change in the way that the participant would prefer to exist can be co-created and agreed in order to help nurture and advance the individuals recovery.
Each programme is tailor made to suit the aims and wishes of the participant and can vary in terms of duration and location. Typically, programmes are run in remote parts of The Lake District National Park, The Eden Valley, The Pennines or in The Highlands and North West Scotland.
When working with individuals currently in the care of an existing mental health care team, we can help support, plan and provide all aspects of the programme in line with defined aims, ultimately making it easy for participants to engage with.
We have developed and refined The Wilderness Programme over a number of years specifically to help address the needs and well being of a growing number of individual's unable to cope with the rigours of modern life – We know intuitively and through more recent studies that Wilderness environments hold many benefits for the human psyche. It is also known that the environment where our participants became unwell, is perhaps not the best environment to help make them better again.
As a result, the programme is a unique experiential opportunity for those needing to change harmful habits and to re-engage with their lives.
Lead Psychologist Stephen Mitchell MBPsS