There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – The assurance that dawn comes after night and spring after the winter.
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being
Other therapies seek to heal the alienation between person and person, person and family, person and society. Ecopsychology seeks to heal the more fundamental alienation between the recently created urban psyche and the age-old natural environment.
Serving People, taking care of creation and nurturing the spirit do not demand different courses of action. Service to the world and care of the soul are one and the same thing.
Welcome to the Walk Inniú website and thank you for your interest. This is my response towards introducing and offering people in Ireland an opportunity to engage in professional counselling psychotherapy conveyed through an ecotherapeutic lens.
Personally, I find the concept and practice of Ecotherapy (sometimes known as Applied Ecopsychology) – fascinating, effective and meaningful. It is based on the assumption that as humans we have an innate instinct to connect emotionally with nature. The healing and nurturing capacity of nature is boundless and through reconnection with the earth, we reconnect with ourselves and others. As every person’s needs and requirements are unique, I offer various services including more traditional indoor sessions.
Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move,
my thoughts begin to flow.
— Henry David Thoreau
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Walk Inniú Counselling Psychotherapy Outdoors is David Staunton’s response to provide people in Ireland with an introduction and access to Ecotherapy. Although the term is sometimes used to refer to other various nature-based therapies, at Walk Inniú we use the phrase to mean a well-informed, professional and effective, evidenced based integrative counselling psychotherapeutic approach. Ecotherapy is experiencing strong growth here in Ireland following advances in both the USA and the UK where David has trained with both Hayley Marshall and the late and sadly missed Dr Martin Jordan – both leading contributors on the subject.
Walk Inniú, a union of both English and Irish vernacular, literally means ‘Walk Today’. The use of the Irish word inniú (today) is quite deliberate as it is pronounced ‘in you’ reminding clients of the person centred ethos which underpins the counselling psychotherapy provided. David believes that you know in you what’s best for you and whilst he will gently and respectfully encourage you to take steps today – you take them at a time when you feel it’s appropriate. With David at Walk Inniú the client decides the ‘who, what, why, where and when’ of their counselling.
If you so wish, David also offers counselling psychotherapy in the more traditional indoor consulting room. David provides counselling psychotherapy fully compliant with the Code of Ethics and Practice (2018) as agreed by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP)