EcoTherapy for Individuals, Couples and Families

I believe that being immersed in Nature means being immersed in ourselves. Nature is truthful and honest. It’s not hiding the painful sight of an uprooted and fallen tree. This is the time when we may seek therapy.

Nature can help us confront fears and painful/uncomfortable feelings, the ups and downs of life transitions, the rewards and challenges of different seasons.

Nature can help us being open and more in tune with ourselves, can promote self-healing, can offer relief from stress, a sense of balance, calm and peace.

Nature can help us bridge the duality of our thinking, separating opposites rather than integrating them as part of the same reality.

Nature can also give us a language to describe complex feelings and experiences as it becomes a mirror to who we are.

As an established psychotherapist I will assess and discuss with you whether nature-based therapy can contribute to achieving the therapeutic goals. I am particularly interested in offering eco-family therapy as an innovative way of delivering therapy for individuals, couples and families. For eco-therapy for multiple families see FUN eco-family therapy.

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What is Ecotherapy?

Ecotherapy is the application of Ecopsychology, a well-developed field to claim people’s need to reconnect to nature for their own benefit as well as promoting a renewed awareness and commitment to caring and protecting the environment of which we are part of. This has become a pressing issue now and some people may experience eco-anxiety.

There is growing research evidence to suggest that spending time in nature can improve mental health and emotional wellbeing.

In the field of psychotherapy an increasing number of therapists may use nature as a therapeutic tool. Therefore, Therapy might be also conducted in nature when appropriate and agreed between the clients and the therapist.

What are the aims of Ecotherapy?

The broad aims of EcoTherapy can be summarised as follows: 

  • Develop an awareness of people’s connection to nature 
  • Enjoy nature as a sensory experience i.e. through their senses reconnect to bodily sensations
  • Develop a felt sense of self and connection to others
  • Practice self-care and mindfulness 
  • Improve mental and emotional wellbeing 
  • Reflect on and recognise the benefits of being in nature 

If you wish to explore nature-based psychotherapy please get in touch to discuss your specific needs