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BACP Article

Read about Kate's Garden in the BACP Childrens, Young People and Families Journal

‘This article first appeared in the March 2024 issue of BACP Children, Young People & Families Journal published by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.  ©BACP 2024.’

kate's background with volunteering

There are sometimes volunteering opportunities here at Kate’s Garden. From helping with animal care, gardening, and general maintenance, to counselling (for trainee counsellors). 


Kate has worked with a huge number of volunteers as part of her previous role at the University of Essex. Her incredibly popular arts education programme of events at the University provided opportunities for thousands of student volunteers to gain experience engaging with the general public through the arts.


Kate designed and delivered a unique creative employability module at the University of Essex for students- taking them out into the community and supporting them to deliver high quality creative workshops to children in schools. She supported Ambassadors to gain work experience before they entered their own careers and provided placements for Frontrunners to gain a deep understanding of the arts education sector. Kate is extremely well placed to offer volunteering positions.

Courses at Kate's Garden

Therapeutic Freedom: Indoor and Outdoor Approaches


Curious about moving beyond the confines of a traditional therapeutic setting?

Welcome to 'Therapeutic Freedom: Indoor and Outdoor Approaches'! Join Kate Beckwith, founder of Kate's Garden, for this virtual event introducing her pioneering therapeutic approach.


In this introductory & accessible session we cover:

· Traditional indoor settings (and their restrictions )

· The broad application of outdoor therapy

· Kate's journey to establishing her unique practice

· The science of how nature, animals, art, movement, play and free choice benefit us and how their integration into therapeutic sessions facilitate the work.

· The effect of green and blue spaces and how certain environments activate certain processes (what’s going on for us physiologically).

· Practicalities of incorporating the outdoors into your practice.

· How providing choice and working indoors AND outdoors enhances the therapeutic work

· How the power of metaphor in nature can serve our approaches

· There will also be an opportunity to learn more about the more in depth 8 week course.


Whether you're a seasoned therapist, a trainee, or work in a supporting role, this introductory session helps you consider why and how you might incorporate the outdoors and nature into your practice . Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn and grow in a supportive online community. Email for further information and to book your place. 

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