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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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

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
 

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 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
 

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 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 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
 

Nature therapy, also called EcoTherapy, is the practice of being in nature to boost growth and healing, especially mental health. I believe that reconnecting to nature can improve physical and mental health while encouraging people to uncover new solutions to long-standing problems.

— Ashley Feldman, Counselor in Oconomowoc, WI

A growing body of literature shows that therapy complemented by exposure to natural environments results in improved physical and mental health, spiritual expansion, and unity of body and mind. A natural experience can be as abundant as camping; as accessible as parks, local lookout points, and beaches; or as simple as focusing directly on a tree or flower on the street or looking at the sky. Ecotherapy can fit into a variety of lifestyles and existing psychotherapeutic treatment methods.

— Natalya Sivashov, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
 

We are nature. We may have lost touch with that sense of belonging and our part in the balance of the planet. This is especially true for our societies amidst the climate catastrophe and the impact that has physically, mentally and spiritually. There are ways to help us heal, reconnect and take meaningful action to support us. In sessions, this might look like integrating the weather or nature surrounding us into our conversation or creative eco-art making or guided visualizations.

— Larissa Hul-Galasek, Creative Art Therapist in , CA

Ecotherapy provides us with the opportunity to take sessions outside of the traditional office setting, which allows you to combine the benefits of therapy with movement and nature. Especially during the pandemic, Ecotherapy gives us the opportunity to have an occasional alternative to telehealth sessions.

— Lana Lipe, Clinical Social Worker in Aiea, HI
 

Ecotherapy brings therapy outdoors! During Ecotherapy sessions, we may engage in mindfulness, sensory awareness, eco-art, engagement with “spontaneous nature events," contact with nature/living beings as an emotional resource, and gentle to moderate physical movement. If you have ever felt a sense of peace, joy, or connection when outdoors, Ecotherapy may resonate with you. I completed a Professional Ecotherapy Certification through TerraSoma Institute in 2019.

— Amy Lajiness, Therapist in San Diego, CA

Ecotherapy is therapy that either takes place in and/or incorporates elements and beings in the natural world. I incorporate these elements and beings through the wisdom of your body via curiosity and mindfulness, helping you feel their support, guidance, and nonjudgmental presence. If you're near Jackson, Wyoming, we go outdoors together. Over zoom, you are welcome to choose a safe, private area outdoors (conditions and location permitting) to have your session.

— Kristy Johnsson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Jackson, WY
 

I am a Level 1 Ecotherapist Certified by the EarthBody Institute. I have training in ecopsychology, environmental trauma, and climate psychology. I am a climate-informed therapist and member of the Climate Psychology Alliance of North America.

— Kayla Ursa, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

I completed courses in Ecopsychology and Ecotherapy at Lewis & Clark College while in the professional mental health counseling M.A. program. During my graduate internship, I worked with individual clients of all ages at a nature-based therapy agency, and I bring this expertise to my work with clients whether sessions take place outdoors, indoors, or through telehealth, if it is something that is important to you.

— Karin Pfeiffer-Robinson, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR
 

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

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