A profile of Stepping Off and your key contacts
We are here to listen to your ideas and create a memorable break where you return home feeling relaxed and with that feel good factor.
“I am a Senior MBACP accredited therapist and a UKRC member. I have been practising for 20 years and use a solution-focused, integrative approach. I believe there is a strong mind/body connection and that emotional and mental distress can often manifest itself as physical symptoms if we choose to ignore it.
My original professional training was in counselling but since becoming freelance, I have been involved in designing and delivering training, facilitating groupwork, trauma work, mediation and consultancy.
The training focuses mainly on a variety of health and wellbeing topics. My great interest is helping people find a balance, increase their self awareness and live happier, healthier and more contented lives.
When we first found our home in Salò we were using it as a holiday home, a real getaway from it all. I've learned in my profession that the need to keep a good work/life balance is all important. The idea for Stepping Off came to me one day while I was relaxing on my verandah. I realised how much I benefited not only from a break away, but the actual environment which provided something so peaceful and therapeutic that I was sure others would benefit greatly too. Gordon and I discussed what we felt were the important elements of a memorable holiday and we believe we have captured them in Stepping Off.”
Our latest review:
"My experience was very positive when I met with Lesley from Stepping off for a time of personal counselling. Previously I had known her through her corporate work and had no hesitation in recommending her services to friends and family but when I found myself overwhelmed by life I was sure of where to go for some sound advice and support. Lesley provided a great environment for us to meet in and also allowed me plenty of space to express myself. My only problem was that the time went by so quickly. I don't meet with Lesley now and feel much more in control of where I am but if I found myself once again overwhelmed with life or facing a new challenge I would not hesitate to contact her and seek her counsel once more".
“I first visited Italy during 1983 and travelled extensively in the south of the country in Puglia and around the Amalfi coast in Campania. I love the slow pace of the Italian lifestyle and the fantastic cuisine. As a couple, we had our memorable first visit to Lake Garda in the early 90's. Later we brought our children to the area, they enjoyed a great tour of the Trentino, Veneto and Lombardia regions and now have become regular visitors. Recently I've been involved in providing an English translation for an Italian documentary about the Valtenesi area of Lake Garda.
With my background as a trainer in the driving sector, I will ensure that all your transfers and excursions are safe and comfortable.
I have a vast local knowledge of the town and surrounding area. I carefully research new locations for your day trips. I am always looking for somewhere ‘off the beaten track’ and take your areas of interest into account when planning the itineraries. We try to create those perfect moments, experiences that leave a lasting positive impression.”