Beth Collier

Course Leader

Beth Collier (M.A., MBACP), is a Nature Allied Psychotherapist and supervisor, seeing all her clients in natural settings working in allegiance with nature to explore our emotional worlds. She started to work with clients within nature in 2012 and since 2014 has only offered nature-based sessions.  Beth has theorised our relationships with nature from an applied psychotherapeutic perspective, developing Nature Allied Psychotherapy as a modality of practice for ongoing client work. Her forthcoming book Nature Allied Psychotherapy; Exploring Relationships with Self, Others and Nature will be published by Routledge. Beth has a B.A. (Joint hons.) in Comparative Religion and Social Anthropology, an M.A. in Psychotherapy and Counselling and an M.A. in Human Rights.

Beth is a naturalist and bushcraft practitioner with an interest in traditional ecological knowledge and ethnopsychology. She enjoys natural navigation, tracking and basketry and has experience of wilderness living in Scotland and Sweden. Beth has a certificate in Advanced Wilderness First Aid. She has a life long passion for nature stemming from a rural upbringing.

Beth is the Founder of Wild in the City, an organisation supporting the well-being of urban residents  through connection with nature, offering experiences in bushcraft, natural history and ecotherapy; using the skills of our ancestors to nurture a deeper connection with the natural world and a sense of belonging to communities past and present.

Beth has a particular interest in supporting people of colour in finding their place in UK natural settings and creates opportunities for the representation of black leadership in nature.

Her work has produced ethnographies of our intimate, emotional relationships with nature. This includes ethnography of disconnection and it’s impact on the development of cultural attitudes which shun nature; experiences of people of colour in nature in UK settings and white attitudes to black presence in nature.

Beth regularly speaks at conferences and seminars on nature and well-being, from psychotherapeutic and anthropological perspectives including recent presentations at the Smithsonian (Washington D.C.), Tate Modern, Association of Social Anthropologists and Friends of the Earth. Her practice and research has been featured by Therapy for Black Girls, BBC’s Cities: Nature’s New Wild – Ep3 Outcasts, BBC CountryfileBBC London News, NBC Today, BBC London Radio, ITV News, ITV Lorraine and MTV Timberland Presents Concrete Green with Loyle Carner.

Beth is a Fellow of the National Association for Environmental Educators, a Fellow of the London Environmental Educators Forum, a member of Natural England’s Nature Recovery Network management group, and a visiting lecturer at the Wellbeing Faculty of the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education. She is a former Trustee of the National Park City Foundation.

Beth established the Nature Therapy School to provide high quality training to psychotherapists and outdoor professionals interested in collaborating with nature in their work supporting emotional health. She has run trainings in Nature Allied Psychotherapy since 2014.

Beth worked in the human rights field for 16 years, the last 8 of which she ran a research consultancy working in partnership with UNHCR and was commissioned as an international expert on gender based persecution. Between 2008 – 2010 she was Research and Policy Manager at the Mental Health Providers Forum, leading four panels of experts in a review of methodologies used by NICE in the evaluation of the effectiveness of psychological therapies from scientific, philosophical and service user perspectives.  She is co-author of Recovery and resilience: African, African Caribbean and South Asian women’s narratives of recovering from mental distress, London, 2011, Mental Health Foundation and Survivor Research and is author of Country of Origin Information and Women; Researching Gender and Persecution within the Context of Asylum and Human Rights Claims, London, 2007, Asylum Aid.

Beth is a regular speaker on nature and health from psychotherapeutic and anthropological perspectives and has recently given the following conference presentations;

  • Resurgence Trust, Festival of Well-being (virtual), Nature Allied Psychotherapy, 30 October 2021
  • Royal Anthropological Institute, Anthropology and Conservation Conference, (virtual), Panel co-convenor ‘Producing a Black Anthropology of the Conservation Field: The experiences of BIPOC ethnographers conducting research within white dominated conservation frames’, and paper: ‘White Attitudes Towards Black Presence in Green Spaces – overt and shadow expressions of colonial mediation of nature relationships’, 28 October 2021
  • Panelist, ‘Protecting Nature – Improving Our Health‘, University of Exeter/SWEEP, (virtual) filmed podcast for Agile Rabbit, 13 October 2021
  • Post-screening discussion facilitator: Come Hell or Come High Water, with environmental activists Derrick Evans and Fred Tutman, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, (virtual) Arizona, 19 August 2021
  • Looking forward to tomorrow; Environment, Manchester International Festival, Manchester Central, 17 July 2021
  • Nature, Race and Relational Trauma, NatureRX@UMD, University of Maryland, School of Public Health, (virtual)  Maryland, 16 April 2021
  • Breaking Colonization’s Hold on the Environment; panelist, Taking Nature Black, Audubon Naturalist Society, (virtual) Washington DC, 26 February 2021
  • When Eco-Anxiety isn’t Eco-Anxiety; Psychotherapeutic perspectives on presentations of eco-anxiety within the therapeutic process, notes from Nature Allied Psychotherapy, European Association of Social Anthropologists, 16th EASA Biennial Conference, Panel: Privileged fear: Europe and the concern for environmental catastrophes, (virtual) University of Lisbon, 22 July 2020
  • Nature Allied Psychotherapy, Confer, Cafe Psy, London, 15 November 2019
  • Cultural Practice as Environmental Activism, Women’s Environmental Leadership Summit, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Washington DC, 12-14 September 2019
  • Black Presence in Green Spaces: an ethnography of overt and covert contestation of belonging in natural settings in the UK, Association of Social Anthropologists, University of East Anglia, Norwich, 4 September 2019
  • Nature Allied Psychotherapy, Wild in the City Festival, New Addington, 19 August 2019
  • Nature as Therapy, TateLates, Tate Modern, London, 26 July 2019
  • Keynote:  Nature and Well-being, Launch of ‘More Trees Please’ campaign, Friends of the Earth, Garden Museum, London,  19 June 2019
  • People of Colour in Nature, Belonging and un-belonging in the English countryside, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, 2 May 2019
  • Nature based Psychotherapy as a modality for ongoing client work, Small Earth, Confer, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, 9 November 2018
  • Black History Month: Black Presence in Green Spaces, Wild in the City, Diorama Arts Centre, London, 29 October 2018
  • Making more space for nature – from a relational perspective, The UK in 100 seconds premiere, Friends of the Earth, Prince Charles Cinema, London, 24 September 2018
  • Does time in nature improve our mental health?, Panel discussion, Conservation Optimism Summit, University of Oxford and Zoological Society of London, Dulwich College, April 2017
  • Challenges of urban lifestyles to wellbeing and the value of nature to emotional health, The Making of a National Park City, Royal Festival Hall, Sept 2016
  • Natural Therapy: The benefits of nature within urban lives, London College of Communication, Wild: ReNaturing the City symposium, London, 10 February 2016
  • Nature and Emotional Health: Using Nature as a Therapy Room, London Environmental Educators Forum, Fellowship Awards, London Zoo, 12 January 2016
  • Making Greater London the World’s First National Park City, Valuing Our Natural Capital: A Health Perspective, Official Launch, City Hall, London, 17 July 2015
  • Reimagining Well-being, Health and Well-Being and the New Forest National Park; Healthy Forest, Healthy People: A Joint Agenda?, Beaulieu, 28 April 2015
  • Reimaging London’s Emotional Well-being, What if We Made London a National City Park?, Greater London National Park, Southbank Centre, 24 February 2015
  • Emotional Leadership: Responsibilities, Risks and Competencies for Outdoor Practitioners, Institute for Outdoor Learning, National Conference, Loughborough,17-18 October 2014
  • Therapy in Urban Natural Spaces; Developing Positive Relationships In and With Nature, University of Brighton, Ecotherapy Symposium, 20 June 2014

Suzanne Worrica, UKCP Reg

Course Facilitator

Suzanne Worrica is an experienced Gestalt therapy and nature allied practitioner, trainer and facilitator. She practices psychotherapy in nature, enjoys bushcraft and is training in hike leadership with Wild in the City. She recently walked/camped the South Downs Way and enjoys getting outdoors in all weathers. Suzanne is also Gestalt trainer at Re-vision and is an independent trainer and facilitator. 

She has an interest in exploring where Nature Allied therapy meets contemporary Gestalt practice, neuroscience and the mind-body relationship. Current areas of research are relational trauma, intersections of identity and how the wider socio-political field shows up in the therapy room.  She designs and delivers workshops for counselling/psychotherapy training organisations including on themes of identity and belonging, race and difference, relational dynamics and embodied anxiety. 

Suzanne has extensive experience in the field of mental health including service delivery at Kensington & Chelsea Mind with Central & North West NHS Trust and several years working in social prescribing. She has facilitated Gestalt personal development groups at the Gestalt Centre London.

Suzanne holds a Diploma in Nature Allied Psychotherapy, a Masters and Post graduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy and a Masters in Writing for Performance and regularly invests in continuing professional development.

  

Nicole Worrica

Course Facilitator

Nicole has extensive experience in the NHS, private practice, as a nature allied practitioner, and as a senior associate with Altum Health. She is a registered Integrative psychotherapist and supervisor with the UKCP and as an arts psychotherapist with the HCPC.

She trained as a psychotherapist with the Institute for Arts In Therapy and Education (IATE) and has a Post Graduate Diploma as a Clinical Supervisor (Minster Centre). She enjoys supervising and collaborating with students, psychotherapists, psychologists, and organisations to think about their work with clients.

Nicole completed the Nature Allied psychotherapy diploma and integrates her therapeutic work in nature with the principles of a relational, inclusive, creative, and embodied approach

Nicole values the role of nature as a non-judgmental co-therapist to support a client’s autonomous discoveries. She advocates for the regulatory and healing capacity of nature particularly when working with relational and traumatic narratives. 

Nicole is a tutor at a variety of Masters level Counselling and Psychotherapy trainings. Her work integrates the connectedness of the brain, mind, body, and spirit grounded in the wisdom of Indigenous practice and contemporary neuroscience. Nicole’s stance is active in exploring how the dynamics of power can affect our relationships in terms of our class, culture, faith, neurodiversity, gender, transgender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and age.

Her specialisms include:

  • Integrating the construct of ‘race’ within the academic curriculum – Restoring, Rupturing and Remembering (Institute for Arts In Therapy and Education). 
  • Harnessing The Imagination and Therapeutic Stories – Workshops for Women of Colour (Bespoke).
  • Eating Disorders, Relational Trauma and Attachment (The Minster Centre, Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, Anglia Ruskin University).
  • Practical Skills for Working with Trauma (The Minster Centre).
  • Exploring the Compassionate and Critical Voice (Altum Health). 

Prior to training as a psychotherapist, Nicole worked in the field of mental health, education, and community arts for 18 years as a forum theatre director and an applied drama tutor. She enjoys working on intergenerational projects and values the role of artistic practices that document forgotten histories. Nicole is currently in the process of developing an artistic book club.