Hi, my name is Charli and I am the founder of Fortitude Counselling.
I began my counsellor training in 2010 at York St John University and qualified in 2016. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their ethical framework for best practice.
I have been volunteering and working as a counsellor since September 2013, working within a variety of settings that have included primary care and IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), and I began seeing clients within my own private practice in March 2017.
Alongside my counselling work, I also have a keen interest in law and psychology. I hope to undertake further study within both of these fields once I have achieved my Doctor of Professional Studies in Counselling and Psychotherapy, which I am due to start with the University of Chester in October 2021.
MA Counselling, York St John University, 2019.
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP Accredited), York St John University, 2016.
BA (Hons) Counselling Studies, York St John University, 2013.
As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, all face to face counselling sessions have stopped for the time being.
I am currently able to offer online or telephone counselling.
When government restrictions are lifted once again, I am able to offer my clients walk and talk therapy, which brings with it a number of benefits.
Walking is scientifically proven to lower stress and anxiety levels and improve mood, and combining this physical activity with talking therapy can cultivate new ideas and release stress and tension.
Walk and talk therapy is what it says on the tin. Instead of sitting in front of your counsellor in a traditional therapy room, the counselling session takes place outdoors, walking side by side. It is counselling in motion, and although it is not a fitness session, it is often more dynamic than a traditional indoor session. If you have felt stuck in therapy in the past, being physically active helps release some tensions and stimulates new thoughts and ideas. It is a metaphor for moving forward.
With walking therapy, we would find a safe, quiet and local place to wander (at a social distance, of course) whilst working therapeutically.
If you live within a ten mile radius of Hillam, North Yorkshire, and this is of interest to you, please do get in touch.
Below are a few photos from when I have been walking both locally, and a little further afield.