Eco-therapy and Nature-guided therapy are different approaches to counselling, encouraging you to become more connected with the natural environment. Traditional talking therapy is conducted whilst walking: the beauty of the natural environment has healing properties and can bring lasting benefits when used as a soothing backdrop to counselling.
There are many reasons why people choose to participate in Eco-therapy or Nature-guided therapy. While the majority of individuals simply enjoy being outdoors and find the experience to be uplifting, some need to be encouraged to use their local outdoor spaces to improve their well-being.
We may be looking for some personal emotional balance, self-direction and growth and start by observing the changing of the seasons, the movement of a river, the ebb and flow of the tides, the phases of the moon, and cycle of life and death. All these have things to teach us about ourselves and how we live each day. Through walking and talking, solutions can be found to your inner unrest.
We will work collaboratively to develop an individual plan that feels right for you. There may be times when sessions are nature-based and involve a gentle walk in the local park or sitting by a stream and reconnecting with your senses.
There are many scenic and peaceful outdoor opportunities in the local area which cater for varying levels of exertion to suit your needs. All activities are agreed and contracted in the therapy room prior to any outdoor experience.
Appropriate clothing is required so these sessions will be planned with your involvement and consent. There may be nature-guided exercises which you will do in your own time and talk about in your next session.
There are many possibilities and the only guideline (along with your doctor’s approval) is that the time spent outdoors should feel comforting and rejuvenating.