Person-centred therapy groups in a nature setting, for men suffering with complex and enduring poor mental health

Are you suffering with poor mental health?


Would you benefit from talking and listening to other men?

We hold one-off group sessions throughout the Autumn and Winter, and run longer projects throughout Spring and Summer.

We meet in a natural woodland setting. There's time to sit by the fire, have a cup of tea, chat and learn some woodland skills.


What might you gain?

This is nature based therapy. Although most counselling takes place indoors, there are times when there is a need for a more natural setting, which brings its own therapeutic benefits.

Group therapy is at least as effective as one-to-one therapy. It can improve your experience of relating with others and your sense of yourself. This can happen when we build a group in which it feels safe to be open and honest about your experience. Group experiences take time to develop but can be enormously beneficial. The intention of the woodland activities is to help you to explore your experiences at your own pace and to express yourself.


Is this for you?

  • Are you suffering with poor mental health?

  • Could you benefit from helping to build a trustworthy, confidential group - somewhere which is separate from the rest of your life?

  • Could you benefit from experimenting with how you relate with other men?

  • Could you benefit from learning woodland skills and doing creative woodland activities?

  • Do you like the idea of sitting around the fire? 

  • Are you ok about getting a bit wet or dirty?

  • Group therapy can support you in accessing your feelings. Do you have a trusted person you can talk to outside the group?

Lead Facilitators

Rab Erskine and Chip Ponsford are experienced person-centred counsellors who share an enthusiasm for outdoor counselling work. We are excited about this opportunity to offer respectful, accurate listening and open and honest relating, in a woodland setting, with a view to helping you move towards your own healing.


Stepping Stone Sessions

Group sessions during the Autumn and Winter, meeting in local woodland from 12pm - 2.30pm 

Fri 10 September 21

Fri 22 October 21

Fri 3 December 21

Fri 14 January 22

Fri 25 February 22

Men's Group 2022

The 2022 Men's Group will meet weekly on Friday's between 8 April and 12 August 2022, from 10.30am - 2.30pm. There are a maximum of 10 men per group.

The sessions take place in private woodland at Minsteracres, County Durham, DH8 9RT.

The woodland site is fully accessible. 

There is no charge for attending the sessions.


If you'd like to come along to a Stepping Stone Session, or register for the Men's Group, please call Chip Ponsford on 07940 853123 to discuss this further.