‘I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out until sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.’
Many people find that spending time outdoors helps depression, stress and anxiety as well as for promoting physical health and general wellbeing.
My interest in ecotherapy stems from my own relationship with the natural world. I feel most truly alive and happy when I am walking, swimming or camping in the woods or by the ocean. I find that regular contact with the natural world is deeply restorative and fundamental to my wellbeing. My relationship with Nature has helped me through bereavement as well as through periods of stress and change in my life.
Ecotherapy takes the therapeutic space outdoors and helps us to engage directly with the natural world and the elements. This could be through connecting with our bodies by moving through an outdoor space, connecting with our imagination and sense of wonder by appreciating the beauty of nature and connecting with the elements - sun, wind, snow and rain - to challenge us and to build our resilience and confidence. We may also draw inspiration from the natural world to make sense of the issues you are bringing to therapy.