EcoTherapy

Ecotherapy, sometimes called nature therapy or green therapy, is founded on the idea that being outdoors, in natural environments, can have a positive influence on the body, mood, and behavior. Therapists that specialize in ecotherapy will view issues with the lens of a client's relationship with their environment – and may even hold some sessions outdoors or recommend locations, frequency, and durations of time to spend outdoors. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s ecotherapy experts today.

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Through my and your relationship with nature, we will spend time outdoors in and with nature for guidance, metaphor, wisdom, allyship, validation, and strength. Sometimes we will simply sit or walk in nature and other times we may have a specific journey or exercise with nature. We evolve as nature evolves, we are not separate from, but part of and within nature and nature is within us.

— Becky Robbins, Creative Art Therapist in Kenmore, WA

Nature therapy, also called ecotherapy, is the practice of being in nature to boost growth and healing, especially mental health. Studies have shown that being in nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increase pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, but it also contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.

— lauren malkasain, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA
 

I was raised by an outdoor elementary educator, and I always planned to provide therapeutic services in outdoor settings. As my education and specialization in EcoTherapy has emerged it is rooted in Deep Ecology, Systems Theory, and Faith. While I don't always provide in-person outdoor services, my approach will create a deepened relationship with your ecological system with a focus on your relationship and development within the natural world.

— Krista Gaston, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

We’ve long understood the benefits of “talk therapy” for the treatment of emotional distress. Science also proves that nature is a powerful medicine. Getting outside the traditional setting of an office may help you feel more comfortable while discussing painful issues. Ecotherapy has been linked to lower levels of stress hormones, increased attentiveness, decreased rumination, and improvements in mood. ​

— Amanda Wetegrove-Romine, Psychologist in San Antonio, TX
 

Ecotherapy is nature-based therapy. It considers the client's relationship with the environment, plants, animals, and the whole more-than-human world as central to the healing process. Any number of nature-based activities from taking therapy outdoors (local parks and green spaces) to at-home plant-tending comprise ecotherapy. Ecotherapy is social justice-oriented in that it considers systems of oppression and access.

— John Moletress, Psychotherapist in Philadelphia, PA

I have been practicing ecopsychology for over 10 years. This may include using plants and pictures of plants or a nature scene, or it may include meeting in person (when possible) on the beach or in the woods. The use of nature provides for a deeper level of healing that may increase empathy for oneself, others and the planet.

— Dr. Denise Renye, Sex Therapist
 

Ecotherapy recognizes that our dis-ease as humans stems from living a life that is disconnected and out of harmony with the natural rhythms of the earth. To place mental illness solely in personal reality is a delusional repression of actual experience. Our lived experiences - on freeways, in food deserts, and concrete jungles - has separated us from our own rhythms. Our goal then, is simply to welcome you back to the rhythms of your body and the earth.

— Amelia Hodnett, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Seattle, WA

Ecotherapy aims to connect individuals therapeutically with nature. Walk + Talk sessions are available in order to bring about the mind/body connection in your therapy process, as well as, getting you grounded back with nature.

— Dr. Dana Avey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO
 

I live in an eco-friendly matter and will help you reconnect with nature.

— Dominique Boschetti, Counselor in Houston, TX

I believe that nature is therapy and plan to take incorporate out of office experiences including mindful and therapuetic walking in the woods and by the coast.

— Craig Beeson, Psychologist in Santa Cruz, CA
 

Nature heals! Imagine experiencing therapy at the beach, in the forest, or walking in town! The science is clear - Eco-therapy works and lasts. Eco-therapy is a wonderful way to experience therapy, the world and yourself.

— Justin Miller Therapy For Gay Men - CBT Gym, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Honolulu, HI

"Ecotherapy" supports you in experiencing a deep and nurturing connection to nature. I believe we can heal relationships with ourself and with others by learning from the environment. A session might include exploring therapeutic goals while walking or sitting in public parks and open spaces. We can also engage in activities and rituals indoors (such as meditation and mindfully observing nature) that support healthy ways of being and healing. Please contact me so we can discuss possibilities!

— Jenna Maxfield, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boulder, CO
 

I offer outdoor therapy, half-day, and all-day ecotherapy sessions, drawing on the natural world as a healing resource and restoring a sense of deep belonging and vitality in my clients. Overnight trips available upon request. I also work with ecoanxiety and ecogrief regarding climate change and other [settler-colonialist] human-inflicted, accelerated damage to the ecosystem.

— Emily Linders, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Rosa, CA

Nature heals the soul. My work in nature allows our environment to be a reflection of our experience and highlight the inner strength within you. I provide outdoor ecotherapy sessions which allow you to connect with your 5 senses and explore your situation through a new perspective. Nature has a lot to teach us about change and I often find that experiences in nature empower the confidence within us to emerge. Our work outside provides deep grounding and connection.

— Marissa Brun, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Boulder, CO
 

I love to guide people in deepening their connection to the natural world, not just as a resource for peacefulness, healing, or a potent mirror, but as a source of true belonging. I have extensive training with the Animas Valley Institute, as well as the Earthbody Institute, and integrate ecotherapy into outdoor sessions, as well as video or office work with guided imagery and invitations to solo explorations in nature that promote deep psychological healing and wholeness.

— Kerry McKee, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA

Eco-regulation occurs when nature is a regulating factor for you, yielding a beneficial effect on your nervous system. Whether holding a session outdoors, or working with the metaphor of nature indoors, the various elements provide a rich opportunity for personal growth and developing an understanding informed by natural processes and a sense of reverence and communion with something greater than our individual selves. Perhaps, even spiritual.

— Rodrigo Caldera, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pacifica, CA
 

I have been an ecotherapy researcher and practitioner since 2018; I have conducted several studies, published peer-reviewed articles, and presented findings at various conferences on the effectiveness of ecotherapy. My doctoral dissertation was focused on ecotherapy with children in school settings. I have experience as an ecotherapist in school and clinical settings, with clients of all ages.

— Dr. Sage Rian, Licensed Professional Counselor in Reno, NV

Ecopsychology permeates my practice even when we are meeting in-office. I pay close attention to your relationship to the natural world and your own natural rhythms. I also have training and experience in supporting folks with ecological/climate anxiety and grief.

— Lauren Traitz, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA