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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Ecotherapy is more than just taking a walk in the woods. It holds the belief and perspective that humans are innately connected and intertwined with nature. What happens in nature and the world inevitably affects us. And so ecotherapy can help reconnect our mind and body to nature while using nature as a means of healing. A lot of people find that they feel better when they remove themselves from the hustle and noise of every day life. For many, nature is where that solace can be found. I can help you harness that feeling of rejuvenation and calm that you may find after a hike on the beach or a walk through the Redwoods and use it as a means of support and healing in our work together. I incorporate mindfulness and somatic, or body-based therapy, into this work as well while conducting sessions either indoors or outdoors. If you think this type of work might be a good fit for you, I encourage you to reach out to learn more!

— Emily Pellegrino, Associate Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco, CA

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

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

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

I believe that nature is therapy and plan to incorporate out of office experiences including mindful and therapeutic walking on wooded trails and by the coast.

— Craig Beeson, Psychologist in Santa Cruz, CA

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 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