Amana Van Staden

Amana Van Staden

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Rye

Rye TN31
Sessions from £60.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

My work with clients takes place outdoors. Outdoor therapy connects psychotherapeutic ideas with research from environmental psychology and ecopsychology, which focus on our interaction with our natural environment.

My interest in working outdoors developed from my own experience with nature. When I immerse myself in nature I am able to connect with a deeper part of myself and the natural world. It helps me to feel more supported in life and present to life.

Working outside can allow clients to feel more expansive and enlivened by the experience, it can be far more rich and dynamic compared to traditional indoor counselling, which many have said feel less natural and more constricted.

Practice description

My Outdoor Therapeutic Space

As I am based in East Sussex, I see clients for weekly psychotherapy sessions in a nearby area of access land, equidistant from Winchelsea and Pett. This area of land offers a good deal of variety for the work, including woodland, open spaces, hills to gain far reaching views across the landscape, or we could instead meet at Pett Level if you feel more drawn to ocean views.

The land where I work has public access, that being said it is not over-run with people, and there are ample opportunities to get off the track in order to walk and sit in more private spaces.

I also occasionally work within the Rye Harbour area, although it tends to be busier.

How I work

I only work outside and usually meet clients once per week for 60 minutes. The session may begin with a short guided mindfulness meditation, which takes place on a bench before we set off, this is not obligatory but does help some clients to feel more present, like they have ‘arrived’. The rest of the session takes the form of simply walking and talking. As we go we may stop from time to time or decide to sit in a particular spot, or vary our route a little from session to session. There is potential for a great deal of flexibility here, governed by client preference, physical ability, and weather.

However, all the traditional boundaries for effective psychotherapy will still apply, including a mutually agreed focus for our work, time keeping, and agreements concerning confidentiality. The latter, particularly important, as we may occasionally encounter other people whilst outside.

You do not need to be 'super fit' or even particularly outdoors-orientated to benefit from this setting for your therapy.

My first session

If you are interested in outdoor therapy I will usually have brief conversation with you on the phone first, this will also be to discuss the practicalities of working outdoors. If it seems like this way of working would be suitable for you, then we will agree a time for an initial assessment session outdoors at my outdoor therapy space. This will be an opportunity for you to meet me, meet the 'place' and to talk about what brings you to therapy and what you hope to gain from it. It will also give you a better sense of what therapy outdoors with me may offer you. If we are both happy at this point we will then agree on further times to meet.

What I can help with

Anxiety, Bereavement, Business coaching, Career coaching, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Development coaching, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Leadership coaching, Life coaching, Loss, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, Humanistic, Person centred, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic

Clients I work with

Adults, Organisations, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Short-term face-to-face work

Languages spoken