Mrs Karen Cotterill

Member Status: Accredited

Member No: NCS19-07865

Location: Mersea Island


I am an Integrative Counsellor (I combine elements from different therapeutic approaches to best suit your needs), who works outside. This is a different approach to counselling as we walk and talk whilst discovering what it is that is troubling you. Incorporating outdoor activities of any kind will boost your general wellbeing and mental health.

How can working outdoors help?

Many of my clients have said that they find this way of working to be far more relaxing and less intimidating. We can become so detached from the outside world, choosing to lose ourselves in the electronic domain of computers and T.V.'s in an effort to find an escape, that we do not realise or fully understand what a detrimental affect it is having on us.

The benefits of Nature are many, something that is recognised by MIND, the mental health charity and having worked with clients in this way for some time I have seen what an instrumental part Nature plays in our welfare.

Where can we work together?

East Mersea

I work on Mersea Island, which is both beautiful and raw and has so much to offer; it is an ever changing picture, owing in part to the tidal waters of the North Sea. Those waters can be tranquil and calm, choppy and wild. The beach changes daily, as the sea rearranges and redeposites the sand. From Cudmore Park there is a large area of open grassland with some trees. This leads to a coastal footpath. Seating areas are located in several areas and toilets can be found in the car park.

Castle Park, Colchester

I also work in Castle Park Colchester; it is restful and offers a beautiful space to take a break from the hustle and bustle of town. It has large open areas, contains many species of trees along with lots of plants and flowers. To witness the seasonal changes here is quite something as the flora goes through its cycle of change. The park also houses the castle and has the River Colne passing through it and a boating lake. The pace of life definitely slows as you enter through the gates. It has parking close by, a tea room, plenty of seating and toilet facilities.

Should there be other outside spaces you would like to work from, please feel free to contact me and discuss it.

Initially I suggest an assessment session as this allows us to meet each other and for me to get some idea of your predicament and it also allows you to experience this way of working, which might be unfamiliar to you. If we choose to continue our work together we can use one of these beautiful arenas to explore your situation, looking to find a greater understanding as to how your life events, experiences and influences may be affecting you now and begin to determine how best to implement change.

As walks take place come rain or shine, wearing appropriate clothing is essential.

Combining a dog walk

It is also recognised how therapeutic dog walking is and I agree wholeheartedly with these findings, so I am more than happy if you wish to bring your dog along too.

Getting in touch

I appreciate that making initial contact can sometimes seem daunting and aim to make this process as easy as possible, so if you feel anxious at the prospect of being the one to pick up the phone to make an appointment, just send me a text or email confirming when it is convenient for me to contact you and I will be in touch, or perhaps you would just like to find out more about this way of counselling and how it could help you.

My website has further details:-

I welcome you to either call or text me on 07913 337 955, or email me at

Areas of counselling I deal with

My client work covers many different aspects in addition to those listed below, such as; understanding the consequence of childhood events & experiences, low self-esteem, low self-worth, mental health issues, and stress.

  • Qualifications & Experience
    Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • What I can help with
    • Abortion
    • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
    • Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
    • Anger Management
    • Anxiety
    • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Bullying
    • Depression
    • Divorce & Separation
    • Eating disorders
    • Family
    • Generally unhappy with your life
    • Illness and dying
    • Parenting skills
    • Phobias
    • Relationships
    • Self-harm
    • Shyness / Social Phobia
    • Spirituality
    • Suicidal feelings
    • Trauma
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