Viv Routledge

“My passion besides my children and my work, is mountain biking, especially in remote and wild places.  One of my greatest challenges was 2 years ago when I did a cycle trip in India through the Himalayas from Manali to Leh over passes of 5000 metres plus through some of the most spectacular scenery. When I am out in nature like that, I feel truly connected, and for me, journeying is both an outward and inner experience that changes you forever.”

I am also passionate about our search for self-understanding and transformation, and I like to use movement, breath work and the concept of journeying in my therapy sessions. I have a special interest in using the wilderness as our teacher. As an extension to conventional counselling, I offer ‘healing in nature’ which can involve walking the labyrinth on my property or a stroll through the nature reserve, to a walking or cycling journey of a few days”.

My background

“In 2007 I lost someone extremely close to me through very tragic circumstances. My journey towards healing started me on a path of growth and transformation. I enrolled at SACAP and did a certificate course in counselling specialising in Trauma and Loss followed by a course in bereavement support through Hospice. Believing that we also need to release trauma on a physiological level I decided to train to become a TRE (Tension and trauma release exercises) practitioner and successfully completed the level 2 certificate which qualifies me to work with individuals and groups. Other courses/workshops I have done along the way which all support the work I do are; Quantum energy coaching which helps people to change limiting belief patterns, Touch for TRE which is a course supporting TRE practitioners in body interventions, family constellations, storytelling and mirroring, shamanic breathwork, EFT (Emotional Freedom technique) and recently I participated in a Vision Quest, an eleven day program including 4 days and nights on your own in the mountains, which was a profound and illuminating journey!

Journeys of another kind during my healing, took me on a spiritual quest to Peru and Bolivia and on a cycling trip though the Himalayas of India. This was aside from the annual cycling trips I organise every year to explore different parts of South Africa and the many mountain bike stage races I have competed in. My love of physical challenges and journeying and my interest in transformative work, are strong threads that run through my life. I am excited by the idea of intertwining the journeying and the healing so that one supports the other. I like to offer another option to conventional counselling, of ‘counselling on the move’ – which could involve anything from walking the labyrinth on my property or following a trail in a nature reserve, to a walking or cycling journey of a few days.

I feel and trust that my life’s path has been leading me towards this – to support people in healing and readjusting to life after experiencing trauma, and to empower them to find meaning and hope. I firmly believe that traumatic events can act as catalysts for positive change.”

Viv offers TRE (Trauma Release Exercises)  counselling, is a Quantum Energy Coach and “Know Me” facilitator.

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