Our Team

Suzi Garrod

Suzi Garrod Next Steps

I have been practicing as a Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner since 2001, and in recent years have increasingly specialised in working with end-of-life, grief and loss. I am also a Clinical Supervisor offering supervision and mentoring to anyone working within the helping professions, including trainees. Person-centred counselling, EFT, mindfulness, breathwork, trauma-focused therapy and solution-focused coaching all inform my flexible and pluralistic approach to health and wellbeing. I love offering therapeutic support outdoors in the form of ecotherapy or ‘walk and talk’ therapy. However, I am equally very happy to facilitate our counselling and wellbeing sessions in a therapy room or online.

As Clinical Director of Next Steps, I conduct initial client assessments, co-ordinate the counselling and group therapy team, manage the development of internal CPD courses and oversea the supervision of counselling trainees.

In my spare time, I enjoy practicing yoga and meditation. I also swim in the sea all year round, am a keen freediver and paddle boarder, and love wild camping in the woods or on Dartmoor.

You can read more about some of the other holistic health therapy and training services I offer by visiting www.suzigarrod.com.

Laura Darvell

My name is Laura Darvell. I am a compassionate Integrative Counsellor who facilitates empowerment and transformation in my clients, using a range of therapeutic skills and the natural environment. I have a passion for being outdoors and have fully incorporated this relatively new approach to counselling into my practice. As part of the Next Steps counselling team, I offer clients the opportunity to process their feelings of grief and loss in either the therapy room or outdoors in our nature.

Our Ecotherapy sessions can take place in the woods or by the sea. We can walk together or simply sit with nature and reconnect with the environment around us. Since working in this way, I have found that the naturally peaceful surroundings, help my clients relax into a deeper understanding of their emotions, and the practice of connecting with nature becomes part of their personal self-care toolkit. As well as working with Next Steps, I run a private ecotherapy practice. My website is www.wildtalkcounsellingandwellbeing.co.uk