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

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 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

Many people find that utilizing Ecotherapy (nature-based therapy) as a stand-alone or alongside office-based therapy assists in discovering new avenues for self-discovery and healing. If you have ever felt a sense of peace, joy, or connection when outdoors, Ecotherapy may resonate with you. All Ecotherapy sessions are 90 minutes to allow for full immersion in the experience. I completed a Professional Certification in Clinical Ecotherapy through TerraSoma Institute in 2019.

— Amy Lajiness, Therapist in La Jolla, CA
 

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, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco, CA

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
 

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

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
 

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 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
 

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 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 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

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 am still very much deep in learning and always will be in this field. It is important for my clients that they have a general idea of where they come from, what came on the land before them, and what is there now. I want them to have these things in mind when we are out on the land so that they can orient themselves and learn from the rich history, bio-life, and experience that they have during our sessions.

— Ariella Hubbard, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Golden, CO

I believe in the healing power of nature. Quite often in the rush of modern life we forget that humans are a part of nature. Reconnecting to our environment provides space for grounding, mindfulness, reflection, and curiosity. All of which contribute to healing! As I gain more experience and training in ecotherapy, I will incorporate even more aspects of nature into therapy sessions. I plan on offering Walk & Talk (& Create!) therapy in the future.

— Kelly Jacobs, Art Therapist in Frederick, MD
 

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

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

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 La Jolla, CA
 

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 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

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
 

I have seen and experienced the tremendous benefits possible when incorporating nature and ecotherapy techniques into my work with children and adolescents. In our journey toward Connecting Deeply, activities in the fresh air in a natural setting can at times support this work to go further faster and provides additional calming and restorative benefits. I get us outside interacting with and noticing nature as often as possible, because I know that nature helps to heal.

— Shannon Krenek, Therapist in Burnsville, NC
 

Walk and Talk therapy is the name I like to use however it was not one of the choices in the list. Essentially this services is the only in person therapy I provide and can only be done in the Monroe County area. You and I would meet for our sessions outside at a local park and walk the duration of the session. This type of therapy allows you to take an active (physical movement) approach to fighting the struggles that get in your way. When you bring in exercise, sun, grass healing can happen!

— Breena Dawson, Clinical Social Worker in Rochester, NY

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