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.

Meet the specialists

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
 

Ecotherapy is an abbreviation for “ecological psychotherapy.” It is based upon the growing evidence that spending time in nature, or even looking out a window or handling natural objects, is therapeutic. A session could be considered ecotherapy simply by holding our appointment outdoors, yet it could also mean that we’re taking a hike at an off-site location.

— Katy Adams, Psychotherapist in Austin, TX

Research shows that spending time outside can alleviate symptoms of mental health issues and improve overall physical health as well. I am available for eco-therapy, where we will have sessions outside on nature trails around the office. We can use this time to have a typical talk-therapy session while walking in nature, or explicitly practice mindfulness techniques in nature, both of which are immensely healing.

— Kaylee Friedman, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in New Brunswick, NJ
 

I offer outdoor therapy sessions in Oakland's Redwood Regional Park on Fridays.

— Kip Williams, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

Ecotherapy provides an avenue to experience our true inner nature through and with our external environment. My approach to ecotherapy invites clients to step out of "doing" mode and into "being" mode. I offer group and individual sessions for ecotherapy and can incorporate nature-based experiences for any private clients experiencing nature-deficiency.

— Jessica Morgan, Social Worker in Port Jefferson Station, NY
 

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 have a special passion for EcoTherapy, and have experienced personal healing while in nature. When appropriate, I enjoy taking people outside for a "walk and talk" session. I have worked as a Field Instructor for a wilderness therapy company, and spend much of my free time doing outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, backpacking, and simply enjoying a moment of what I call "be time" in the sunshine. I enjoy helping people find how they can uniquely connect to the earth and nature.

— Jackie Currie, Counselor in Bend, OR
 

Nature is the most crucial element of my self-care, and I have walked beside many clients who have benefited from the integration of ecotherapy (or nature therapy) in our work. Sometimes this means meeting for a walk outside instead of in the office, or sometimes it means bringing elements of nature into the session.

— Dr. April Watts, Counselor in Boise, ID

I have found connecting with nature to be a potent tool for my own wellness, and I incorporate it into sessions with my clients. Because of the positive impact of nature on mental health, I will teach your child to intentionally connect with nature in such a way that will improve their mental health and well-being. Intentional time spent in nature can ultimately become a coping skill to be utilized in between sessions.

— Kathy Temple, Counselor in Broomfield, CO
 

I believe in the healing power of nature. Restoring our connection to nature can aid in healing the pain and hurt we experience. What better please to experience the power of nature than in the serenity of Florida. Come join me as we unleash the potential of nature by the beach, the water, or a lush natural park.

— Sara Graff, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Dunedin, FL

Up until very recently in human history, healing took place in sacred spaces outdoors. Many cultures believe that one of the root causes of “dis-ease,” in fact, is the inherent disconnect between our selves and the natural world. It’s my experience that integrating nature-based interventions (even if that’s simply sitting outside for a session!) can be both incredibly grounding - literally and figuratively - and supportive of healing.

— Monroe Spivey, Therapist in Asheville, NC
 

I have worked in ecotherapies since 2007 and have worked extensively in developing nature-based interventions for healing and growth from trauma in Washington State and beyond. Ecotherapies are self-defined but in general, ecotherapies aren't therapies at all, rather, a reconnection or a grounding to who we are as a species.

— Jeremy Grisham, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Everett, WA